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Local Elections 2012

On July 10th, 2012 the Cabinet issued a decision No. (01/08/14/C/PA) to hold local elections in all West Bank districts on October 20th, 2012. 272 out of a total of 353 localities participated in said elections. However, the Cabinet issued another decision to hold complementary elections on 22 December 2012 where 81 localities took part.

The Cabinet decided a second complementary elections to take place on Saturday, 1 June 2013 in 36 localities in the West Bank, included the localities in which elections were postponed due to court decisions, the localities where no electoral lists qualified for nomination during the first and complementary local elections and the localities where the majority of its council’s members had resigned.

Candidates by gender

Number of men and women who won by acclamation
Number of men 1396
Number of women 375

 

Number of men and women who voted on as candidates
Number of men 1947
Number of women 700

Voting Percentage Per Locality

 

District

No. of localities No. of eligible voters No. of electorsincluding security forces Voting Percentage

Jerusalem

2

8,494

4,719

55.6%

Jenin

15

62,264

32,297

51.9%

Tulkarem

7

51,265

32,684

63.8%

Tubas

4

16,938

11,757

69.4%

Nablus

13

92,345

46,368

50.2%

Qalqilia

4

23,998

13,819

57.6%

Salfit

12

24,979

19,057

76.3%

Ramallah& al-Bireh

18

58,621

29,522

50.4%

Jericho

2

10,819

5,232

48.4%

Bethlehem

8

43,492

28,502

65.5%

Hebron

8

112,385

53,196

47.3%

Total

93

505,600

277,153

54.8%

Local Council Elections Law No. 10 of 2005

Local Council Elections Law No. 10 of 2005
On 13 August 2005, the PLC passed Local Council Elections Law No. 10 of 2005, which was issued by President Mahmoud Abbas on 15 August 2005. This law annuls Local Council Elections Law No. 5 of 1996 and Law No. 5 of 2004. It also replaces the simple majority system (districts) with a system of proportional representation (lists). In addition, it stipulates a required woman quota on local councils. Some articles of this law were amended by Law No. 12 of 2005, which was passed by the PLC on 27 August 2005 and issued by the President two days later.
 Local Councils Elections Law No. 10 of 2005

2012 Local Elections Timeline

Based on Cabinet’s decision No (01/08/14/c.PA) issued on 10/07/2012 calling for the 2012 Local Council Elections to be held on October 20, 2012, the CEC announces the legal timeline for all electoral procedures, based on the Local Council Elections Law No. 10 of 2005:

 

Electoral event

 

Legal period

(days)

 

Date of

Implementation

Cabinet decision calling for elections

1

10/07/2012

Voter registration, exhibition and challenges

 

5

05/08/2012

Processing of appeals by the Commission

5

10/08/2012

Appealing of CEC decisions before the court

5

15/08/2012

National Holidays 19-21/08/2012

Adjudication of appeals by the court

3

27/08/2012

*Nomination

10

01/09/2012

Last date to withdraw nominations for candidates

1

09/09/2012

Closing of nominations

1

10/09/2012

**Publishing of the preliminary list of candidates

1

16/09/2012

Receiving of objections to the lists and their candidates

3

16/09/2012

Processing of objections to the nominations

3

18/09/2012

Appealing the CEC decisions on the nominations before the court

3

23/09/2012

Adjudication of the appeals submitted on the nominations by the court

5

26/09/2012

Last date to withdraw nominations for lists

1

03/10/2012

Publishing of the final register of electoral lists

1

04/10/2012

***Electoral campaigning

13

06/10/2012

Last date of electoral campaigning

1

18/10/2012

Early voting for security forces

1

18/10/2012

Polling day

1

20/10/2012

Announcement of the preliminary election results and commencement of the final counting process

1

20/10/2012

Announcement of the final election results

3

20/10/2012

Submission of appeals on election results to the electoral court

7

23/10/2012

National Holidays 25-28/10/2012

Adjudication of appeals by the electoral court

5

05/11/2012

 

*44 days prior to polling day according to article 15, clause 1 of Local Council Elections Law No.10 of 2005 and its amendments.

** 34 days prior to polling day according to article 21 of Local Council Elections Law No. 10 of 2005 and its amendments.

*** 14 days prior to polling day according to article 27 of Local Council Elections Law No. 10 of 2005 and its amendments.

 

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