Parliamentary Election Rules
for the Palestinian Legislative Council
By Stephanie Persin
Legislative Council (PLC) and Chairman Mahmoud
Abbas were finally able to agree on a law pertaining to the upcoming
elections. After a month of dispute, a new law has been passed that
requires half of the PLC candidates to be elected by district, while
the other half must be elected according to the proportion of citizens
per area. The number of PLC members has also been increased from 88
to 132, allowing for the election of a more diverse council.
Elections on a solely district level would have assured a high representation
of Hamas candidates.
Abbas realized this and one month ago he proposed national elections,
which would give other political parties a better chance of being elected.
The new law is a compromise between these two proposals.
All of the Palestinian political parties seem to approve
of the new law. The July 17 elections have been postponed, and it is
Abbas's responsibility to choose another election date. Parliamentary
elections for the PLC have not taken place in almost ten years and each
party wants to quickly determine the date of elections. Most of the
Palestinian groups such as the Islamic
Jihad and the Democratic
Front are hoping for an election to take place in January 2006 or
Source: The Jerusalem Post, (June 18,