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PNC elections likely in 6 months, PFLP official says

Feb. 5, 2013 2:32 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 9, 2013 6:36 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Elections for the PLO's Palestinian National Council are likely to be held in six months, an official from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Tuesday.

Jamil Mezher told Ma'an that he hoped a PLO reform committee summit scheduled for Friday would facilitate implementing the reconciliation deal between rival Palestinian political factions.

"What we want from this meeting is to develop a practical or concrete process to implement Palestinian national reconciliation, and to form an offensive strategy to fight Israeli settlement activities," Mezher said.

The meeting should aim to adopt electoral procedures and discuss the issue of West Bank and Gaza security forces, he added.

After the meeting, officials will begin contacting regional countries hosting Palestinian refugees in order to arrange the electoral process, Mezher said.

"When we face any problem in holding the elections, such as in Syria, we have to agree on specific mechanisms that enable Palestinians to participate in the elections," he added.

The Central Elections Commission will start updating the voter registry in Gaza on Feb. 11, a Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine official said last week.

Once the voter registry is updated, the CEC will prepare for presidential and parliamentary elections and a vote for the PLO's Palestinian National Council.

The long-embattled reconciliation deal, signed in 2011, once again ground to a halt until a renewed push earlier this month.
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