GAZA, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Hamas invited Thursday the Palestinian Central Elections Commission (CEC) to start working in the Gaza Strip, removing an obstacle on the way of national reconciliation.
Prime Minister of the de facto Hamas government in Gaza Ismail Haneya invited Hana Nasser, head of the West Bank-based CEC, to come to the coastal enclave and discuss starting updating voter registration, which has not been updated since Hamas took over the territory by force in 2007.
Taher Al-Nounou, spokesperson for the Hamas government, said the invitation was meant to implement a deal Hamas and its rival Fatah movement reached this month in Cairo.
He expressed hope that other articles of the agreement, including discussing forming a transitional unity government, " would be implemented as one package in accordance with the agreement."
In July, Hamas shut down the CEC offices in Gaza, protesting what it called a crackdown led by Fatah, which rules the West Bank, against Hamas supporters there.
A spokesperson for the CEC said the head of the committee has accepted Haneya's invitation and will head for Gaza soon.