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Registration, Exhibition and Challenge

 

Objectives of the Registration, Exhibition and Challenge: 

1. Review the preliminary voter registry and ensure the accuracy of published voter data. 

2. Register the eligible people who have not registered before. 

3. Register people who have registered previously but their names do not appear in the preliminary voter registry. 

4. Correct erroneous citizen registration data or errors to data published in the registry.

5. Object to the registration of ineligible voters.

 

Changing the location of polling centers will not be available for voters registered in the localities of the (First Phase) of the 2021 Local Elections; whether in ones where the elections took place, or where lists won by acclamation.

 

Structure of the Registration, Exhibition and Challenge process: 

• The Registration, Exhibition and Challenge period shall last for five consecutive days, commencing Saturday Morning 8/01/2022 until Wednesday evening 12/01/2022.

• The CEC opens 643 Registration, Exhibition and Challenge Centers in all localities, where the (First Phase) of the Local Elections will be held. 

• Registration, Exhibition and Challenge Centers shall open from 8 am until 3pm. 

• Observers and Journalists, who are holding CEC issued accreditation cards, have the right to be present at any of the centers to observe and cover the Electoral process without interfering in it. 

• The Accreditation cards issued by the CEC to local and international observers and journalists during the (First Phase) of 2021 Local Elections will remain valid for the (Second Phase). Additionally, the accreditation process will be available again for any new Observers or journalists.

 

 List for Registration, Exhibition and Challenge Centers

 

Legal Registration Requirements: 

- Must be a Palestinian citizen (holds a Palestinian ID, Palestinian passport, or a foreign passport accompanied by a document from the Ministry of Education proving the individual’s nationality and place of residence).

- Be at least 17 years of age (born on or prior to January 12, 2005).

- Have lived in the Palestinian territories for at least one year. 

- Be lawfully eligible to register. 

 

Registration Methods:

• Any citizen can register online through the CEC’s website (Click here to Register).

• Registration can happen in Registration, Exhibition and Challenge centers across localities.  

• Registration in person at the electoral district offices for the following cases: 

- Citizens with foreign passports shall only register at the electoral area office as per the document provided by the Ministry of Interior that proves their nationality and place of residence.

- Cases of reunification (where a citizen possesses neither a Palestinian ID nor a foreign passport) shall register at the electoral area office as per the document provided by the Ministry of Interior that proves their nationality and place of residence. 

- Citizens who hold Gaza Strip IDs and reside in one of the governorates of the West Bank shall register at the electoral area office as per the document provided by the Ministry of Interior proving their place of residence.

- Citizens who hold Jerusalemite IDs and reside in the one of the governorates of the West Bank shall register at the electoral area office as per proof of residence. Examples of proof of residence include documents such as water or electricity bills, residential leasing contracts, or residential property registered to the person attempting to register to vote, or one of his/her immediate relatives (i.e., father, mother, husband, wife, son or daughter).

 

Registration by Proxy

Any legally qualified voter, who wants to be registered in the voter’s registry, can assign a proxy among his second-degree relatives (husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, grandfather, grandmother, brother and sister) to register him/her in the voter’s registry.

The proxy must show the voter’s ID or a copy to register him/her.

 

Registration through POA (Power of Attorney) 

Any legally qualified voter can delegate another person to register them in the voter’s registry through an official certified power of attorney. 

The delegated person must show the official certified POA document, his personal ID, as well as the voter’s ID, or a copy of it. 

 

Exhibition of the Voter Registry:

1. A copy of the preliminary voter registry of each center shall be exhibited.

2. The preliminary voter’s registry shall be exhibited in a suitable place and space inside the centers insuring social distancing among reviewers. 

3. Citizens with errors to their voter registry data have the right to submit an objection request to examine the accuracy of the data at the center in order to rectify any incorrect data.

4. Every citizen has the right to object to the inclusion of any ineligible voter’s name in the voter registry if the objection is submitted to the same center of the published name, and is accompanied by the required supporting documents.

 

Steps for Submitting Objections and Adjudication:

1. Submit the objection request at the center, within 5 days of the preliminary registry’s publication.

2. Notify the objected person immediately after submitting the objection request.

3. Submit objection dismissal by the objected person within 48 hours of notification.

4. Process the objection by the CEC within 5 days of submitting the objection.

5. Appeal CEC decision before the Elections Cases Court within 5 days of the notification of CEC’s decision.

6. Adjudication of appeals by the Court Within 5 days of submitting the appeal.

By the end of the objections and adjudication phase, the voter’s registry will become final, and voting will happen accordingly. 

 

Health Precautions and protocols:

1. Citizens and employees cannot be present inside electoral centers and offices without wearing precautionary facemasks.

2. Citizens and employees adhere to applying the safety protocol of social distancing; keeping a minimum distance of 1 meter between people.

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