Supreme Court Decides to Stop Local Elections in Palestine

Local elections meant to be held in Palestine in October have been suspended. (Photo: via MEMO)

The Palestinian Supreme Court in Ramallah has decided today to stop local elections which were due to be held in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in October 2016.

According to the Supreme Court, the decision came because Jerusalem will not be included in the elections, in addition to “the lack of principles of law in the appeal courts in order to respond to objections made against electoral lists.”

The Court of Appeal in Khan Younis has today decided to drop five electoral lists of the Fatah movement in the city.

Previously, the Central Elections Commissions had dropped some Fatah electoral lists after objections made against these lists from people affiliated with the Hamas movement.

Social media has been a platform for supporters of the two major Palestinian parties, Hamas and Fatah, to promote their electoral lists recently.

The two parties have exchanged accusations of the responsibility for the worsening conditions in the Palestinian Territories.


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