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PA: Municipal elections will be in West Bank only

Jan. 20, 2011 2:03 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 21, 2011 4:03 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Palestinian Authority Minister of Local Government Khaled Al-Qawasmi said Thursday that the government will amend elections law and hold the vote for municipal elections in the West Bank only.

Speaking in Nablus where he was set to meet with civil society groups on the new elections, the officials said the ministry had started holding "extensive consultations" with Palestinian factions and civil society groups with the aim to set in motion new municipal elections.

"Current elections law includes holding elections in Gaza and the West Bank at the same time, but as the central elections committee cannot work in Gaza there will be an amendment on the law to allow holding the elections in the West Bank only," he said.

Elections were called off by the PA just weeks ahead of a planned July 2010 vote, with officials saying the sudden decision stemmed from the refusal of Hamas officials in Gaza to partake in the vote, a decision taken as early as March.

Critics accused the PA of pushing a Fatah agenda, and leftist parties gaining popularity in the polls with a series of combined electoral lists said Fatah feared it would lose in the vote despite Hamas refusal to take part in the West Bank.

In December 2010, the Palestinian High Court found the postponement of elections illegal, and said all efforts must be made to ensure that they were held at the soonest possible time.

On 21 December the Palestinian Authority Cabinet in Ramallah
authorized the Minister of Local Government to start the process of identifying a new date for elections.

The minister said he was looking into the establishment of an "acceptable mechanism" to hold elections across Palestinian areas. In institutes in order to reach for an acceptable mechanism to hold local elections in the Palestinian territories.

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