Ma'an News Agency
March 10, 2013 - 11:00pm
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=573542


The Central Elections Commission on Sunday completed the transfer of voter registry forms from Gaza to Ramallah and will publish the final registry on April 10, the CEC said.

In February, Palestinian officials told Ma'an that Israel was impeding the delivery of the electoral registers.

Head of the Central Elections Committee Hanna Nasser said the CEC used scanners to digitally transfer the data as Israeli prevented the transfer of the registration applications to a West Bank processing center.

The final registry was expected to be published on March 30 but was delayed due to Israeli restrictions.

The CEC said last month that 258,000 people registered to vote as the electoral roll was updated for the first time since Jan. 2005.

Yasser al-Wadia, the general coordinator for independent political figures, told Ma'an that Palestinian factions will meet in April to move forward with reconciliation talks.

A deal was signed in May 2011 to reunite the West Bank and Gaza, but political factions have repeatedly failed to reach an agreement concerning its practical implementation.




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