Central Elections Commission chairman Dr. Hanna Nasir announced that voting commenced for the first phase of the 2021 Local elections, in 154 localities all over the West Bank. Polling centers opened for voters at 7:00 am as scheduled and will operate until 7:00 pm.
This announcement was made in a press conference this morning, in the CEC’s Media Center in its headquarters in al Bireh.
Dr. Nasir clarified that the process launched smoothly and without any difficulties, while explaining that the number of eligible voters is 405,687 who are registered in 222 polling centers, which have 717 ballot boxes. While the number of polling staff in these centers exceeds 4000 employees.
He also clarified that 573 electoral lists were nominated for the first phase of the Local Elections. Which include 4480 candidates. Of whom 26% are women, and will be competing for 1514 seats.
CEC’s Chairman called citizens to vote in the electoral process, emphasizing that all necessary arrangements and preparations were made to facilitate the arrival of voters to polling centers to cast their votes effortlessly and efficiently. Indicating that, adopting protective health protocols ensures the protection of all partners of the electoral process from Covid-19. Stressing on political parties and factions, electoral lists, and all other partners to adhere by the conditions that ensure the efficient progress of the electoral process. All under set CEC procedures, and based on provisions and laws.
Dr. Nasir indicated as well, that the counting process will happen with the presence of more than 1600 local and international observers, as polling centers close today at 7 pm to mark the start of the counting process at the same centers. To conclude, polling centers will announce the number of votes that each electoral list obtained immediately after the counting process finishes.
It is worthy of mentioning, that polling will take place in 154 localities, while there are 162 other localities where only 1 complete electoral list was nominated in each, and they will be declared winners by acclamation during the announcement of election results. Furthermore, in 60 other localities, not a single complete electoral list was nominated, and the Palestinian cabinet will decide on the state of their local councils.