For Direct Elections to the PNC
The Civic Registration Drive is an important Palestinian national initiative launched in 2010.
Its purpose was to create a mechanism to register Palestinians around the world to vote for the Palestine National Council (PNC), the supreme legislative body of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO). The outcome was an online voter registration mechanism, completed in 2013, which met international standards of data security, transfer and storage, and adhered to best practice in out-of-country voting procedures.
How Registration Works
Voter registration is a necessary part of any democratic process, and involves taking information from individual voters in order to place their names in a voter register, proving their eligibility to participate in elections. Voter registration is, therefore, key to political enfranchisement and it determines who is eligible to vote when elections take place. In many countries around the world, voter registration is also understood as an important moment in voter engagement, with civic associations and community organisations often conducting voter registration drives to expand awareness and voter enfranchisement.
Although this voter registration system is electronic, individuals do not register themselves on a website..
- S/he is not already registered in the voter register of the PNA in the 1967 occupied Palestinian territories; and,
- S/he is of voting age at the time of the elections.
- S/he was born within the borders of Palestine as defined during the British Mandate era, or was entitled to acquire the Palestinian nationality under the applicable laws at that time;
- S/he was born in the 1967 occupied Palestinian territory and is not already registered;
- One of his/her ancestors falls under the application of paragraph (a) above, irrespective of where s/he was born;
- S/he is a spouse of a Palestinian.