Hebron holds first local elections in 36 year!

On Saturday the 20th of October 2012, local elections for the Municipal Council were held in 93 of a total of 354 localities, including Hebron Municipality. In 11 districts in the West Bank, 330 polling centers and 838 polling stations opened to make it possible for the more than 500.000 eligible voters to cast their vote, with the final voting percentage reaching 54.8%. More than 3500 candidates competed on 317 electoral lists for the 1051 council seats in the different localities.

In Hebron Municipality the local elections were the first conducted since the local elections in 1976, seeing as the initial local elections in Hebron which were supposed to take place in 2005 was postponed. In Hebron City six different lists, including one all-female list, was available for the more than 59,509 voters in the entire Hebron Municipality to fill the 15 seats on the municipal council. Hebron Municipality was divided in 37 polling centers and 101 polling stations across the city with the polling stations mainly being situated in public or private schools around the city as seen in the pictures were H.I.R.N was present.

The result of the elections in Hebron Municipality came in around 6 hours after the closing of the polls awarding the Fatah, list number five, with 10 seats and the Hebron Modern City, list number 1, with 5 seats in the Municipal Council, who at their first council meeting appointed Dr. Dawood Al Za’atari as the new Mayor of Hebron.

In 179 localities the Municipal Councils have already been established because of a lack of electoral lists being put up, and the remaining 82 localities are due to elections on November 24th, 2012.

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