A feverish attempt to find a sufficient excuse to once again 'postpone' the Palestiniann election actually set in motion by U.S. and Israeli policies back in 1996 is now underway as Hamas looms. All that is happening now needs to be seen in the context of a desperate CIA and Mossad effort to keep compliant VIP Palestinians long co-opted in power one way or another:
PCHR - Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Press Release
Date: 28 December 2005
Time: 10:30 GMT
In Light of the Lack of Serious Protection for the CEC Offices, PCHR Is
Concerned That the PNA May Not Be Able to Hold Free and Fair Elections
Armed groups of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades of Fatah movement have stormed
offices of the Palestinian Central Election Commission (CEC) in Rafah, Khan
Yunis, Deir al-Balah and Gaza City. They forced the CEC staff to leave and
close these offices. These attacks have been launched in protest to the way
the candidates of Fatah movement for the upcoming parliamentary elections
These latest attacks raise doubts regarding the possibility of holding free
and fair elections. The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) has proved
unable to provide protection for the CEC offices. All such attacks have
been launched by armed groups affiliated to Fatah movement, the PNA ruling
According to preliminary investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately
08:00 on Wednesday, 28 December 2005, 30 armed masked members of the al-Aqsa
Martyrs Brigades, broke into the CEC office in Rafah and forced the staff to
leave and close the office.
Also at approximately 08:00, an armed group of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades,
stormed the CEC office in Khan Yunis. They forced the staff to leave the
Also on Wednesday morning, 12 members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades,
stormed the CEC office in Deir al-Balah. They forced the staff to leave the
office. The police force guarding the office did not intervene to stop this
At approximately 10:20, dozens of gunmen from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades
stormed the CEC regional office in the Gaza Strip. They opened fire and
forced the staff to leave and close the office. Then, they withdrew
quietly. The same armed group stormed the CEC office in Gaza City. The
gunmen forced the staff to leave and close the office. They have surrounded
the office so far. At the time of this writing, those gunmen have
surrounded the CEC regional office again.
It is worth noting that a series of such attacks have launched on the CEC
offices in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, especially before the closing
date of submitting candidatures for the upcoming parliamentary elections,
which was 15 December 2005. Armed groups affiliated to Fatah movement have
been responsible for these attacks. Internal conflicts in Fatah have
apparently impacted the overall electoral process. A decision taken by the
Election Appeal Committee on Monday, 26 December 2005, to allow the
submission of candidature for additional 6 hours gave Fatah movement another
chance to unify itself and run for the elections with one single list.
However, it seems that the movement has not been able to solve internal
problems and conflicts have imposed themselves on the electoral process.
PCHR strongly condemns these latest attacks on the CEC offices in the West
Bank and the Gaza Strip denounces forcing the CEC, which is an independent,
neutral body responsible for organizing elections, into internal conflicts
of parties, and:
1. Calls upon the PNA to provide full protection for CEC offices
throughout Palestine to ensure that free and fair elections can be held.
2. Reiterates its call upon the PNA, represented by the Attorney
General, to investigate these attacks and search for, and bring their
perpetrators to justice.
3. Asserts that the pre-election stage is an integral part of the
electoral process, and the PNA is responsible for ensuring protection for
all stages of the electoral process.
4. Expresses its full support to the CEC's efforts in preparation for
the upcoming parliamentary elections and hopes that these elections will be
held as planned on 25 January 2006.
5. Calls upon all political factions and their armed wings to show
respect for the CEC offices and keep them away from partisan differences.
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