Hamas, Jihad boycott WB elections

HamasMajor factions in the Gaza Strip have decided to boycott local elections in the West Bank due in July, saying it will only deepen divisions among Palestinians. 

“The vote will worsen the internal Palestinian divide and we are totally against it because it is unconstitutional,” Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri told Press TV on Monday. 

“The results of the municipal elections will lack credibility and integrity and it will be fraudulent as Fatah will do all it can to secure its victory,” he said. 

Ahmed al-Mudallal, a senior Jihad member, also underscored his resistance movement’s opposition to the elections in the West Bank.  

“Without a doubt the Islamic Jihad is against holding these elections under the current status quo where we are an occupied nation,” Mudallal said. 

“These elections will only widen the gap between Palestinians…We will not lend our support to any list or candidate,” he stressed. 

Upon an order by acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas in late April, the Palestinian Central Electoral Commission officially started the municipal vote process in March with voter registration. 

Officials within the election commission, however, said it was not feasible to hold local elections or update the registry list in the Gaza Strip, which remains under an Israeli blockade and thus crippling movement restrictions. 

The Palestinian Center For Human Rights in February rejected the decision for unilateral elections in the West Bank in July 2010, saying the “results are known in advance.


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