Soldiers bar CEC members from entering Gaza 29May12 May 29, 2012

Ma’an News Agency  -  28 May 2012

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two members of the Central Elections Commission were denied entry into Gaza on Monday, as a delegation arrived to begin work in the coastal enclave.

Ahmad al-Khalidi and Shukri al-Nashashibi were prevented from entering Gaza by Israeli soldiers, executive manager of the delegation Hisham Khail told Ma’an.

The head of the Central Elections Commission Hanna Nasser told reporters at Erez border crossing that the CEC did not come to Gaza to fail, confirming that the commission would start work right away.

Nasser will also meet Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh.

The CEC is expected to prepare offices and train employees to add 250,000 – 300,000 voters to the electoral register in Gaza.

Hamas and Fatah have led separate governments in Gaza and the West Bank since they split amid bitter fighting in 2007.

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