Palestinians Seek New Vote

Palestinian observers of the Palestinian Council elections have called for a new round of voting in eastern Jerusalem and Hebron.

The move comes after seven independent candidates in Hebron and another in eastern Jerusalem appealed the results of the elections in a Palestinian court.

The observers said the polls should be held again in which they called a democratic atmosphere, without heavy security.

Some Palestinians had charged that the Israeli police stationed around polling stations in eastern Jerusalem and that army presence in Hebron were to blame for the low voter turnout in both areas.

Israeli forces are schedule to redeploy from parts of Hebron in March. The Palestinian observers said the voting in Hebron should only take place after an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank town.

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