Hamas Suspends Voter Registration – Cites ´Obstacles´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 07/02/12)
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Hamas "temporarily" suspended voter registration in Gaza on Monday in
a move that raises doubts about whether upcoming legislative and
presidential elections will be held in Palestinian Authority enclaves.
The terror group, which rules the coastal enclave, only granting the
PA electoral commission permission to begin registering voters a
month ago – but now cites "obstacles" to continuing with the process.
The registration process is a key step towards resurrecting a long-
stalled reconciliation agreement between Hamas and the Fatah faction,
which rules PA enclaves in Judea and Samaria.
Ahead of the elections, the two movements were supposed to agree on a
consensus government of independents to pave the way for a vote, but
talks on the composition of the government have broken down on
“Hamas and the government in Gaza have provided the Central Election
Commission (CEC) with all the facilities required for it to carry out
its role with ease,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.
“But there are many issues that represent obstacles,” he
said. “Therefore Hamas has decided to temporarily suspend the
registration process until an agreement between the parties involved
to remove the obstacles.”
The statement lists a variety of alleged obstacles, including the
arrest of Hamas members in Judea and Samaria by PA security forces,
and a failure to carry out registration in PA enclaves and abroad at
the same time.
Hamas also complained no agreement has been reached with Fatah on
what it says are a “large number” of unregistered voters in the
Judea, Samaria and Gaza who do not possess identity cards.
The terror group went on to criticize the selection of election
commission officials, as well as the civil society bodies. The civil
society bodies are supposed to provide oversight for the registration
process. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 07/02/12)
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