RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The PA government on Tuesday decided to hold municipal elections on October 8 in total disregard to the ongoing reconciliation efforts. In a press release issued following its weekly meeting, the government appointed a central elections committee to start preparations for the upcoming elections. The government minister Hussein al-Araj, responsible for following up on organizing efforts and facilitating elections with the central elections committee, said that the upcoming elections will include 142 municipal councils and 272 village councils. The elections will be held in the same day in the besieged Gaza Strip, West Bank, and occupied Jerusalem, he underlined. The PA government’s decision to hold the municipal elections came despite the ongoing internal division and the escalated political arrests in West Bank.
(Source / 22.06.2016)