First: Definition of Electoral Campaigning
Electoral Campaigning is all the activities and events done by electoral lists, their candidates, their electoral campaign managers, and agents to explain their electoral program to an audience of voters. In addition, it is the invitations directed towards voters to ask them to vote for a particular electoral list.
Second: Electoral Campaigning is a legal right
The law stipulates that electoral lists, their candidates, their representatives and their agents have the right to organize the activities they see fit to explain their electoral programs to the audience of voters, in a manner that does not conflict with the current effective laws and procedures.
Third: The legal timeframe for Electoral Campaigning
- The period of Electoral Campaigning lasts for 13 days starting on Saturday 27/11/2021 and ending on Thursday 9/12/2021.
- Any Electoral Campaigning taking place before or after the period announced above is strictly forbidden. Including all aspects and tools involved in holding meetings, marches, workshops, and the use of different media and social media outlets, or any activity that can be interpreted as Electoral campaigning.
- The CEC monitors all aspects and methods of Electoral Campaigning in the field through social media outlets; to ensure that Electoral lists and their candidates are committed to not carrying out any form of electoral campaigning outside the legal timeframe specified for doing so.
- The CEC will apply the necessary legal measures to forbid any violations to the provisions of Electoral Campaigning.
- Any person has the right to submit a written objection to the CEC if they so wish, about any violations to the provisions of Electoral campaigning.
Fourth: Financial Monitoring of Electoral Campaigning
Electoral lists have the right by law to publish their Electoral programs, all while committing to and considering some boundaries and limitations such as; the provisions of Electoral campaigning and committing to the limits of financial expenditure on an electoral campaign according to the law. The latter is to ensure that transparent Elections with integrity are being held. The law obligates every electoral list that participates in the elections to submit a detailed financial report of all sources of its funding, and the amounts of money spent during its Electoral Campaigning, all within a maximum period of one month of the announcement of the final Elections results.
Provisions relating to the Financial Monitoring of Electoral Campaigning:
- Sources of Electoral Campaign funding: Electoral lists and their candidates are legally forbidden from acquiring campaign funding from a foreign or external non-Palestinian source directly or indirectly, whether the funds are in cash or physical assets. In addition, a candidate or an electoral list cannot acquire campaign funding from the state of Palestine, while donations can be received from regular citizens or from Palestinian juridical personalities living inside or outside Palestine.
- Expenditure limitations on Electoral Campaigning: The Local Elections law has not specified any limits to expenditure for Electoral Campaigning.
- The financial Report about expenditure: Any Electoral List that participates in the elections is required by law to submit a detailed financial report of its expenditure on Electoral Campaigning, and the sources of its funding within a maximum of one month of the announcement of the final Election results. No matter if the Electoral List won or lost the Elections.