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Hamas boycotts West Bank elections, members run in independent lists

Hamas members joined independent lists and alliances in the second round of the West Bank municipal elections, despite the movement’s official boycott of the vote.
An elderly Palestinian man casts his ballot.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinian Central Elections Commission announced on March 27 the results of the recent municipal elections held in the West Bank. According to the commission, independent lists won 64.4% of the total 632 contested local council seats, whereas partisan lists won 35.6% of the seats.

The final voter turnout for the second round of the municipal elections reached 53.69% out of the 715,413 eligible voters, according to the commission.

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