This civic registration drive takes place within an older and broader campaign for direct elections to the Palestinian National Council (PNC). The call for direct elections to the PNC has three components: it is the official policy of the PLO, it is the national consensus, and it is a popular civic demand around which Palestinian communities in the homeland and shatat have mobilised.

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