Hamas leadership received on Monday, 28 Oct. 2019, top officials from Palestinian factions and a delegation from the Central Election Commission, headed by Dr. Hanna Nasser, in the movement’s office in Gaza to discuss the Palestinian position on a call for general elections made by Mahmoud Abbas at the UN Security Council on Thursday, 26 Sep. 2019.
A high and responsible spirit prevailed the meeting, as all national factions have realised the dangers posed to the Palestinian cause, including conspiracies and serious challenges that require a unified Palestinian position to protect the Palestinian people and cause.
All Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)-affiliated factions and resistance movements have endorsed a specific national stance based on positivity and flexibility to meet the higher Palestinian interests.
Hanna Nasser has received a responsible national position to be communicated to the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority leadership, based on the necessity to hold an inclusive meeting as a compulsory and necessary condition to ensure holding national elections that unify the Palestinian people and heal division.
All Palestinian factions have unanimously agreed that holding elections simultaneously or respectively is not an impediment if national consensus was reached to ensure the transparency of elections and faithful recognition of its results.
Hamas confirms this unified stance that Nasser received yesterday. Ahead of the arrival of the election commission delegation, Hamas had held a series of shuttle and intensive meetings with PLO factions and resistance movements between 24 Oct. 2019 and 27 Oct. 2019 to discuss how to ensure success of the election commission delegation’s visit.
These gathering were characterised by a high sense of honesty, clarity, and joint understanding. During such meetings, Hamas restated its constant commitment to achieving unity and reconciliation and restructuring the Palestinian House in order to face off the dangers facing the Palestinian cause.
The position has become obvious and the Palestinian consensus requires a clear commitment from the PA and Fatah towards this stance by calling for a national meeting to agree on how to maintain and advance the national project and on the mechanisms of holding election in a form that guarantees its success, so it will be an entrance to restructure the Palestinian house, end the intra-Palestinian rift, and achieve reconciliation. Finally, such national gathering should facilitate the issuing of decrees needed to hold elections.
October 29, 2019