The CEC has extended opening hours for polling centers in all electoral districts by 2 hours. Polling centers will now remain open until 9PM.
The CEC took this step after determining that limitations on the movement of Palestinians within and between Palestinian towns continue to be imposed by the Israeli Occupation Army. Obstacles such as checkpoints and military closures have remained in place despite previous Israeli statements that they would be lifted during the Palestinian Presidential Elections to allow for free, fair and transparent elections.
International election observers including ex-President Jimmy Carter, who is observing voting in Jerusalem, concurred with CEC statements on freedom of movement.
Earlier in the day President Jimmy Carter urged Israeli Authorities to facilitate voting in Jerusalem after he declared that Israeli actions this morning were hampering the election process.