Supreme court decides to hold local elections in West Bank, call them off in Gaza

PNN/ Ramallah/
The Palestinian Supreme Court in Ramallah during its session on Monday decided to carry on with the local elections in the West Bank and call them off in the Gaza strip.

Lawyer Tony Salman told PNN that the court decided to go on with the elections in the West Bank because of its legitimacy, adding that the voting will take place during the next four weeks.

Hamas expressed its disappointment over the court’s decision to exclude Gaza from local elections, saying that it deepens the division between Palestinians.

To his part, Secretary General of the PNI, Dr. Mustafa Al-Barghouthi denounced the decision as political and not judicial.

Local elections were supposed to take place in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip on October 8. About a month ago, the Central Elections Commission (CEC) received a Supreme Court decision to temporarily halt the Cabinet’s decision to hold local elections until the Court decides on the case raised before it.

In an official statement, CEC said that the elections stopped “despite CECs’continuous efforts to provide a valid and appropriate electoral environment that enables the holding of transparent elections that meet the respect of the Palestinian people and contribute to end the internal political division.”