Today, 9 January 2005, PCHR has published a report evaluating the election campaign for the Palestinian presidential election and related violations of the regulations prescribed by the electoral law concerning this campaign. The report examines the commitment of candidates and related parties with the regulations prescribed by the electoral law during the official period of the election campaign, 25 December 2004 – 7 January 2005.
The report is part of the effort to monitor all stages of Palestinian elections by PCHR in cooperation with 26 Palestinian civil society groups throughout the Gaza Strip. It includes a comprehensive evaluation of the election campaign during the official period with regard to: regulations of the election campaign; intervention by the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and its security services into the campaign; campaigning in the official media; security of the campaign; and the effects of the political environment on the campaign.
In its report, PCHR has depended on information collated by around 300 observers throughout the Gaza Strip whom it trained and supervised in the context of its efforts to monitor the Palestinian elections, in its capacity as an accredited local monitoring organization.
In the end of the report, PCHR has made the following conclusions: