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New Municipality Law for Palestine

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The High Commissioner, General Sir Arthur Wauchope, has invited all Mayors and all Presidents of local Councils to meet him next Wednesday in order to discuss with him the draft of a new Palestine Municipality Law.

The Palestine Municipal Election Law, which was promulgated to carry into effect the requirements of Article 3 of the Palestine Mandate that the Mandatory Power should encourage local autonomy was published in Jerusalem in October 1926, when Lord Plumerwas High Commissioner. Several amendments to the law eere proposed at the time by the Vaad Leumi, that women should be given the franchise, that the amount of tax payable by a person to make him eligible to vote be reduced, that the age of those entitled to vote should be made lower, and that persons who had applied for citizenship should be allowed to vote. The Government decided, however, not to make any changes in the law.

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