Wednesday, Sept. 02
Latest News
  1. Gunmen kills 2 Yemeni staff of Red Cross
  2. Iran to confiscate cars of 'poorly veiled' women
  3. 'At least 50 dead' in Shebab attack on AU base
  4. Thousands arrive in Athens as migrant influx piles pressure on EU
  5. Millions strike in India over 'anti-labor reforms'
  6. Turkish connection probed in Bangkok bomber search
  7. Italy ready to impose border controls after Germany request
  8. Israel opposes Palestinian flag-raising at the UN
  9. Saudi top cleric slams Iran prophet movie
  10. Qatar to enforce key labor reform from November
  11. Lebanon government powerless as protesters escalate campaign
  12. Car bomb kills 10 in Syria regime bastion Latakia
  13. Gunmen kidnap 18 Turks in Iraq capital
  14. Palmyra temple destruction a 'crime against civilization'
  15. Saudi-led coalition air strikes in south Yemen kill 20
  16. Lebanon police ejecting protesters from ministry
  17. Libya car bomb wounds one, damages office of Eni firm
  18. UN envoy to meet with Libya's Tripoli parliament ahead of talks
  19. Border agency: Migrants using fake Syrian passports to enter EU
  20. Migrant trains arrive in Austria as crisis deepens

Election body: 155,000 registered to vote in Gaza

Feb. 16, 2013 10:08 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 18, 2013 12:31 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Central Elections Commission said Saturday that 155,000 people have registered to vote in the Gaza Strip, with two days to go until the update of the electoral roll closes.

The roll has not been updated in Gaza since Jan. 2005 and the operation of the CEC in Gaza is seen as a boost to reconciliation efforts between Fatah and Hamas.

CEC director Hisham Kahil said 79 percent of eligible voters were now registered in Gaza, and in the West Bank -- where a parallel voter registration process is taking place -- 76 percent of voters are on the roll.

The number of newly-registered voters is up 18 percent on the last electoral roll update, Kahil said.

Voter registration centers will close on Monday, and the CEC will then start processing the data, which will take between four to six weeks.

After centers close, rival factions Hamas and Fatah have pledged to meet again to agree an election date and the composition of a unity government.

The last parliamentary vote was held in 2006, when Hamas swept to power, ending the dominance of Fatah. The following civil war split Palestinians both geographically and politically.

Both the parliament and the president's terms have expired during the electoral impasse.
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015