On Saturday, may 13, on the territory of the Palestinian authority, the West Bank, the elections to the local authorities, according to the Palestinian Agency Maan.
The administration of Jenin reported that during the day, from 7:00 to 19:00, worked more than 50 polling stations in the city and suburbs. No incidents were noted, which, according to Palestinian security, is the result of a pre-developed plan for ensuring free will of citizens. Voter turnout in Jenin amounted to 84%.
In Salfit, on the contrary, the turnout was extremely low: of the more than thirty-two thousand local residents to polling stations visited by only about eight and a half thousand people.
In Jerusalem and its districts, there were 15 polling stations. Data on attendance were not disclosed.
In Ramallah at the polling station appeared Hussein a-Sheikh, who represented the head of the PNA Mahmoud Abbas. He addressed the audience with a call to participate in local elections, since «it promotes freedom and democracy». Also Hussein a-Sheikh appealed to the leadership of Hamas, calling on its leaders to hold elections in the Gaza strip.
We will remind, the terrorist organization Hamas boycotted the elections to the local authorities. In late February the government of the Palestinian national authority decided to postpone indefinitely the holding of local elections in the Gaza strip. Hamas spokesman Abd al-Latif al-Kahn is sharply condemned the government’s decision. According to him, it reinforces the split in the Palestinian street, demonstrating the failure of Fatah to share power.