Tor Wennesland, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, stated that the holding of credible and inclusive elections across the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt), including in East Jerusalem, was a crucial step towards renewing the legitimacy of national institutions.
Wennesland said the legislative vote was also key to "reestablishing Palestinian national unity and charting a way back to meaningful negotiations to realize a two-state solution."
"With the conclusion of the candidate submissions to the Central Elections Commission, I am encouraged by the completion of this important step of the nomination process for the upcoming Palestinian Legislative Council elections. This is welcome progress," he added.
He urged all "actors to respect the electoral process and resolve any disputes in a peaceful manner through official legal mechanisms. All must work towards protecting the people's right to vote and to decide their own political future, particularly the youth."
Meanwhile, he affirmed his readiness to continue to support the election process.Source : Safa