Nasser: No reply from Gaza about electoral register

Hanna Nasser
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Head of the Central Elections Committee Hanna Nasser told Ma’an on Wednesday that he is still waiting for a response from Gaza officials about updating the coastal enclave’s electoral register.

“The offices of the CEC are open in Gaza but are not working and are not allowed to register, and when we asked the officials in Gaza they told us to wait,” Nasser said.

“They allowed us to open our headquarters in Gaza and rent other offices, but the work to update the register is still disabled. We sent an emergency letter to Ismail Haniyeh after the Doha agreement and we’re still waiting for a reply,” he added.

The elections committee has to add around 250,000 unregistered Palestinians to the electoral register. It will take around six weeks to complete, Nasser said.

The committee in the West Bank is ready, he added, with nearly 85 percent of people registered to vote.

Palestinian Jerusalemites with Israeli ID vote individually and do not need to register.

A presidential decree must be issued three months prior to elections.

( / 08.02.2012)

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