In a letter sent to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the President of the Security Council, the Peace Envoy to the Middle East and the European Union Countries, the Human Rights Council, the Secretary-General of the Arab League and the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, HRIA urged to exert pressure on the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli occupation government to hold the Palestinian elections on its announced dates in accordance with the Palestinian constitution. HRIA reported that it has received with disappointment the decision of postponing the Palestinian elections.
HRIA mentioned in its letter that despite the necessity to oblige the occupation authorities to allow the Palestinians in Jerusalem to exercise their right to political participation and enable them to vote and run campaign for elections, this does not justify the President of the Authority to deprive the Palestinians of this right, especially since the Palestinian Election Commission had previously announced that it had an alternative plan to hold elections in Jerusalem if the occupation refused to hold them, in addition to international proposals for holding elections as alternatives that would enable the Authority to hold them in Jerusalem without Israeli approval.
It also reported that the continuation of the current Palestinian reality means the continuation of Abbas’s absolute control over the Palestinian Authority and the legislative and judicial powers. HRIA noted that the position of the president has legally become vacant. Thus, it is not acceptable for the outgoing Palestinian president to represent the Palestinians as he does not enjoy a legal capacity that gives him the right to do so, which make it an urgent necessity to exert pressure on the Israeli occupation authorities and the president of the Palestinian Authority to compel them to hold the Palestinian elections and renew the legitimacy and governing bodies in the Palestinian territories and gives the Palestinian people the right to choose their representatives and enjoy their political rights on the basis of partnership and political participation for all.