Date: 02 July 2012

 

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is extremely
astonished by the decision taken by Hamas to suspend the registration of voters
in the Gaza Strip, which was scheduled to be started by the Central Elections
Commission (CEC) tomorrow.  PCHR views
this decision as unjustified and unaccepted intervention by Hamas into the
CEC’s work.

 

On Monday morning, 02 July 2012, Sami Abu Zuhri, Spokesman of
Hamas, stated that Hamas decided "to temporarily suspend the registration
process."

 

The registration of voters in the Gaza Strip was scheduled to be
started tomorrow and concluded on 14 July 2012. 
The government in Gaza had allowed the CEC to work in Gaza in the
context of reconciliation arrangements recently concluded by Hamas and Fatah
movements in Cairo.  PCHR will monitor
the voter registration as part of its efforts to observe the whole electoral
process.

 

The voter registration is totally a technical process of which the
CEC is mandated.  The two parties of the
Palestinian political split had agreed on the CEC’s work, including the CEC’s
reformation by a presidential decree.

 

PCHR totally rejects any intervention by political powers into the
CEC’s technical work, and stresses that all political powers and the
Palestinian Authority must maintain the CEC’s independence and refrain from
intervening into its work. 

 

PCHR calls upon Hamas to cancel its decision and allow the CEC to
resume its professional work on the voter registry update.  PCHR further calls upon the government in
Gaza to stop such unjustified and unaccepted intervention by Hamas into the
CEC’s work.