Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on Wednesday called on the Central Elections Commission (CEC) to start preparing for holding the general elections in the Palestinian territories. The CEC should begin the process of registration of voters in Gaza and the West Bank, the PLO executive committee said in a statement issued after a meeting held in Ramallah and chaired by President Mahmoud Abbas. Yasser Abed Rabbo, Secretary General of the PLO’s executive committee, who read the statement to the press, said that the elections commission will start its work in Gaza, West Bank and East Jerusalem.
“The PLO calls for not to obstruct the central elections commission under any circumstances, preconditions or new demands,” said Abed Rabbo, referring to Islamic Hamas movement, which controls the Gaza Strip and rules it.
The PLO expressed commitments to the reconciliation agreement signed in both the Egyptian capital of Cairo in May of last year and in Qatar this year which aimed at ending more than four years of internal Palestinian division. The statement called for the accurate implementation of the signed agreements, mainly the preparations for holding presidential and legislative elections in the Palestinian territories.