Ramallah Supreme Court Postpones Looking Into Local Elections

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

The Ramallah-based Supreme Court has decided in its session today to postpone looking into local elections until the third of October, 2016.

Local elections were supposed to be held in Palestine on October 8, 2016. Yet, the Central Elections Commission has dropped four electoral lists of Fatah in Gaza after complaints proposed by Hamas-affiliated lawyers.

This action was followed by a decision by Khan Younis court dropping five more lists belonging to Fatah in the city after complaints that some of the nominees had previously committed legal breaches.

The Supreme Court had decided previously to stop local elections from taking place, until September 21, 2016. This was after the Palestinian Lawyers Syndicate filed a law-suit asking for elections to be stopped “because Jerusalem is not included in the elections and Gaza courts formed in Gaza should look into elections complains are illegal.”

Hamas has refused the Supreme Court’s decision to stop local elections, noting that such a decision is a disapproval by the Supreme court that “courts in Gaza are legal.”


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