Monday, 11 February 2013

Voter registration opens in Gaza


RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Electoral registration centers opened in the Gaza Strip on Monday, the first step towards holding long-overdue Palestinian national elections.

The Central Elections Commission announced that 257 voter registration centers were open for one week across the Gaza Strip.

In addition 347 stations will register voters in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The centers are based in public and UNWRa-affiliated schools, sports clubs, municipal offices and other organizations.

CEC chief Hanna Nasser noted that there are around 350,000 unregistered eligible voters in the Gaza Strip.

The roll has not been updated in Gaza since Jan. 2005. The operation of the CEC in Gaza is a boost to reconciliation efforts between Fatah, which dominates the West Bank government, and Hamas, which rules Gaza. more