After the Agreement of the Two Competing Blocs of Judges' Club Elections, is There Any Reason to Communicate with the Ministry of Interior to Decide on the Legal Position of What the Judges Have Already Agreed Upon?
MUSAWA- The Palestinian Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession learned from an informed judicial source that the Judges’ Club Association received a letter from the Ministry of the Interior, calling the general assembly of the association to rerun the elections between the two competing blocs for the 13th seat, as both received the same number of votes for the this seat, given that the association’s system does not indicate the selection mechanism in such cases, which, according to the Ministry of the Interior, makes it illegal to apply either the rotation or lottery voting, thus the Ministry decided to turn it back to the General Assembly, which is now authorized to rerun the elections; in order to vote to choose one of them to hold the post.
However, the source indicated neither the party that turned to the Ministry of the Interior to consult it in the selection method nor its motivations, given that the General Assembly had no word in that regard, and that the former CEO of the association resigned before running the elections. The source had reservations on the consensus between the two competing blocs concerning the involvement of the Ministry of the Interior in that regard, thus the party that turned to the Ministry and the justifications of its actions are not known yet.
It is worth mentioning that the two blocks had agreed on rotating the 2 years post equally among them, while they decided to use the lottery voting to choose the bloc to occupy the post in the first year of the mandate.
In its turn, the Ministry of the Interior did not issue any statements or commentaries on the GA’s decision, while the blocs’ likelihood of adopting the Ministry's decision and the implications of the latest events on the blocs and the GA remain to be seen.