The Central Elections Commission (CEC) published today; Saturday, the final register of electoral lists and candidates for the (Second Phase) of the Local Elections, In conjunction with the start of the Electoral Campaigning period, which will last until Thursday 24-03-2022.
Polling in 50 Localities
The CEC clarified that according to the final register of Electoral lists and candidates, polling; which is scheduled for 26-03-2022, will take place in 50 localities. Among each of which, more than one electoral list was nominated. The total number of nominated electoral lists reached 234; which included 2,306 candidates, who are competing for 632 seats.
In 23 localities, the CEC announced the nomination of a sole electoral list in each. They will be announced as winners by acclamation on the declaration day of election results. The number of candidates, representing those localities’ seats in this case, reached 225.
The CEC explained that the elections will not take place in 29 localities, due to the incomplete nomination of electoral lists in them; (In one locality, one incomplete electoral list was nominated while in 28 localities, no electoral lists were nominated). The Palestinian cabinet will decide on the state of these localities’ local councils.
According to the final register as well; the number of female candidates in all accepted electoral lists reached 676 candidates with a percentage of 26.7% of the total number of candidates, which reached 2,531. It is worthy of mentioning that, female candidates head eight electoral lists.
Commencement of the Electoral Campaigning period
Saturday as well marks the commencement of the Electoral Campaigning period according to the previously announced legal calendar and timeframes, which will last for 13 days. Among which, electoral lists and candidates can announce their electoral programs, and invite voters to vote for them, according to the regulations and provision of the law.
Electoral programs for nominated electoral lists were published on the CEC’s website: (www.elections.ps) for all citizens to see. Indicating that it will supervise the publishing of the free Electoral campaigning for the nominated lists in the official media, as specified by the law.
On the other hand, the CEC started its informative outreach campaign that is tailored for the Electoral campaigning period, which aims at informing citizens of the Electoral campaigning practices allowed by the regulations and provision of the law. It invites them as well to participate in the observation process and to report any violations to the provisions of Electoral Campaigning through the submission of complaints to the CEC’s electoral district offices in the West bank. As well as, invites them to report if any electoral lists or candidates are prohibited from practicing their right to do Electoral campaigning.