The Palestinian Authority assured this Wednesday that contacts are under way to get Israel to authorize the residents of East Jerusalem to vote in the next Palestinian election, including the legislative election scheduled for May 22, amid speculation over a possible shift.
Palestinian Authority Presidency spokesman Nabil Abú Rudeina has stressed that at the meeting called this Thursday, the Palestinian authorities will examine all the options on the table to discuss the situation as what appears to be Israel has the opportunity to do so Area to vote the city.
In statements to the Voice of Palestine radio station, he stressed that Israel had not allowed European countries to send election observers and added that the Israeli government was responsible for obstructing the Palestinian electoral process.
With this in mind, he stressed that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has shown his position that if the residents of East Jerusalem cannot vote, there will be no elections, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.
For his part, the Palestinian Minister for Civil Affairs, Hussein al Sheikh, announced that “the Israeli government has officially reported that its position on holding elections in East Jerusalem is still negative”.
The Palestinian Authority, the United Nations and the European Union (EU) have asked Israel to ensure that Palestinians living in East Jerusalem can vote, something the Israeli authorities have so far given no guarantees.
The Oslo Accords allow Palestinians to vote in East Jerusalem, and the Electoral Commission has indicated that around 150,000 people could do so around East Jerusalem, although the situation of residents in that area of the city has not been clarified. what the international community considers to be under Israeli occupation.
The Occupied Palestinian Territories are preparing for the first elections since 2006, including parliamentary elections on May 22nd, presidential elections on July 31st and the Palestinian National Council on August 31st.
The 2006 elections and Hamas’ election victory resulted in the international community ceasing to aid the Palestinian authorities, leading both factions to clashes that resulted in the administrative separation of the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Since then, Al Fata has controlled the West Bank – despite not winning the elections – and Hamas has led the Gaza Strip.