Wednesday, Aug. 05
Latest News
  1. Kerry in Qatar to assure Gulf allies over Iran deal
  2. Yemen rebel chief says ready for political settlement
  3. Turkey's Erdogan says Putin may 'give up' on Assad
  4. Israel president threatened over 'Jewish terrorism' comment
  5. Iraqi Kurdish leader vows to avenge Yazidis
  6. Turkey vows 'whatever necessary' in fight against militants
  7. 'Hundreds' of Gulf Arab troops enter Yemen's liberated Aden
  8. Kerry in Qatar to assure Gulf allies over Iran deal
  9. Teen stabbed at Gay Pride march dies as pressure mounts on Israel
  10. Kerry pledges support for Egypt in Cairo talks
  11. UAE to try 41 on charges of seeking 'caliphate'
  12. Two Turkish troops killed in 'PKK suicide attack'
  13. Iraqis protest over poor services, salty tap water
  14. Exiled Yemen PM makes symbolic Aden visit to lead restoration
  15. New Taliban leader calls for unity in ranks in first audio message
  16. Iraqi Kurdistan leadership says PKK should leave
  17. Kerry lands in Egypt on first leg of Mideast tour
  18. Iraqis protest over poor services, salty tap water
  19. Dozens dead as Syria army 'pushes back rebels near regime heartland'
  20. Yemen PM returns to Aden from Saudi exile

Hamas: Voter registration to start in Gaza 'soon'

Jan. 24, 2013 10:41 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 25, 2013 9:26 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The government in Gaza will invite the Central Elections Commission to resume work in the enclave "soon", a Hamas official said Wednesday.

Salah al-Bardawil said Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh will invite CEC chief Hanna Nasser to Gaza to start updating the electoral roll in preparation for a vote.

Al-Bardawil told Ma'an that Hamas was determined to implement the reconciliation agreements signed with Fatah in Cairo and Doha.

In May 2011, the parties signed an Egypt-brokered reconciliation deal, agreeing to form a unity government of technocrats and independents to prepare for national elections and end the division between the Hamas-run Gaza Strip and the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal and Fatah leader President Mahmoud Abbas met recently in Cairo and agreed to set a timetable to implement the deal and reunite Palestine under one government.

The party leaders agreed that the CEC would resume operations in Gaza by the end of January.

The electoral roll has not been updated in Gaza since the last local elections were held in January 2005.

In July 2012, Hamas suspended the CEC's work a day before it was due to begin registering voters in Gaza, citing the continued arrest of Hamas members in the West Bank and its questions over the commission's impartiality.

Meanwhile, al-Bardawil said a new chief of Hamas' politburo will be announced soon.

Al-Bardawil said the party had completed "90 percent" of the process to elect Mashaal's successor, but the announcement of a new leader had been delayed by "technical issues."

Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015