Abu Zuhri: Elections linked to allowing free political activity

[ PIC 19/03/2012 – 09:44 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Hamas spokesman Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri has called on Fatah faction, which is controlling the West Bank, to abide by recommendations of the freedoms committee and to stop political arrests in order to prepare the atmosphere for holding elections.

He told the PIC in a statement on Sunday that providing free atmosphere, without pressures and arrests, was a must in order to move on to elections.

Abu Zuhri rejected Fatah accusation that Hamas was obstructing reconciliation by refusing to allow the central elections committee in Gaza to proceed in registering the electorate, adding that Hamas opened the committee’s premises. He explained, however, that turning to the registration procedure is considered part of the election process.

It is not reasonable to hold elections while political arrests are still rampant in the West Bank amidst restrictions on political and media freedoms and closure of institutions and refusal to release detainees.

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