The Palestinian Central Elections Commission (CEC) today condemned the Israeli occupation’s arrest and detention of a number of candidates running for the March 26 local elections, among them were heads of electoral lists.
It said in a statement that it considers this “a blatant interference in the electoral process and a violation of freedoms and democratic practices.”
The CEC said it views the practices of the Israeli occupation as dangerous, emphasizing that the existence of necessary freedoms is crucial for holding the local elections in a democratic atmosphere which will give all political parties and factions, electoral lists and candidates equal opportunities according to international standards that ensure justice and integrity for the elections.
It called for the immediate release of the detained candidates, urging international human rights and legal organizations to intervene to put an end to such practices that are considered an interference in internal Palestinian affairs.
The Israeli occupation forces last night detained Islam al-Tawil, who heads a list running for the local elections in the city of al-Bireh. It is believed his detention was due to him heading an electoral list in his city.