Hamas Islamic Resistance

Holding elections without national consensus is hard, says Hamas official

21 October, 19

It’s hard to hold elections unless it is held on the basis of national partnership and respecting the results, member of Hamas Political Bureau Salah al-Bardawil said Sunday evening.

In a press release, al-Bardawil reiterated that Hamas  would receive Hanna Nasser, head of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission, in his visit to Gaza due next week.

Al-Bardawil highlighted the necessity to hold inclusive elections, including the Legislative Council and presidential elections.

The senior Hamas official explained that holding Palestinian elections should come as a result of a complete roadmap outlining a national program that features the Palestinian national system.

Regarding the factional vision on national unity, Al-Bardawil said that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas clearly “evaded” factional initiative to achieve Palestinian reconciliation during his latest address to the United Nations General Assembly.  

“He [PA President Mahmoud Abbas] tried to get in the way of it [factional vision] by introducing an inapplicable idea, which is a snap election not based on understanding and consensus,” al-Bardawil concluded.