Press release issued by the civil society organizations and political parties
" Publish Date : 2012/08/27 "

The civil society organizations and political parties are gravely concerned about the danger behind the decision of the Palestinian Authority of dismissing the elected municipalities. The Ministry of Local Government appointed committees as well to conduct the work of the dismissed elected municipalities. We, as civil society organizations and political parties consider that these arbitrary decisions will expose the democratic norms to danger.

 

The civil society organizations and political parties affirm the necessity to be committed to democratic values, and the principle of legitimacy that is derived from the voters' will which resulted in the elected municipalities. We also inquire that the councils of local government should not be involved in such decisions. Instead, their practices should be evaluated according to their performance in providing services for their local communities. The Palestinian people face all kinds of Israeli occupation attacks. Therefore, the efforts should be focused on strengthening their steadiness and not on making decisions that deepen the political division.

 

The civil society organizations and political parties also call for an immediate action to achieve a national reconciliation, and a Palestinian national unity in these critical and dangerous circumstances that the national cause is going through.

 

In this context, the civil society and political parties affirm that the Palestinian democracy can be strengthened through free and fair elections. We aspire that these elections will be periodic, regular, and based on the Palestinian people's will.