PLO Urges Hamas to Resume Voter Registration (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 07/03/12)
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The PLO on Tuesday called on Hamas to reverse its decision to suspend
voter registration in Gaza.
The Hamas terror organization, which rules Gaza, shut down voter
registration on Monday amid a row over a crackdown by Fatah-dominated
security forces in Palestinian Authority enclaves in Judea and
PLO secretary-general Yasser Abed Rabbo told the official Voice of
Palestine radio that officials in Ramallah have not yet contacted
Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal or Egyptian mediators for an explanation
of Hamas´ decision to suspend voter registration .
"As Hamas continues to make up pretexts and obstacles to impede
reconciliation, this again demonstrates the movement does not wish to
end the state of disagreement," Abed Rabbo said.
Voter registration was slated as the first step to implementing the
long-stalled reconciliation deal between the factions signed in May
Fatah leader Jamal Muheisin said Tuesday he believes Hamas´ decision
was a result of internal disagreement within the movement.
He blamed Hamas for putting off the voter registration out of fear
that they will not repeat their electoral success of 2006.
Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar on Monday defended his party´s
decision as a response to the domination of the Central Elections
Commission (CEC) by Fatah members, insinuating the registration
process would be marred by corruption.
In response, CEC executive director Hisham Kahil noted on Tuesday
that the committee’s employees were selected by the Hamas-run
ministry of education in Gaza. He said that more than 500 employees
were selected to work on the registration process in the coastal
enclave. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 07/03/12)
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