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Student Debate on Elections

Wednesday
September 19, 2012
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In cooperation with the Deanship of Student Affairs and the Central Elections Commission, the Student Debate Forum at the Philosophy and Cultural Studies Department held its tenth debate on 12 July 2012. The debate took as its topic "The elections in the current circumstances is necessary for the Palestinian national interest."

 

The debate took place between two teams: the first supported the issue of holding the elections, headed by Department of Philosophy faculty member, Dr. Samih Shbieb, while the opposing team was headed by Dr. Abdul Sattar Qassem, Professor of Political Science at An-Najah University.

The team in favor of the argument explained that there exists a national and existential necessity to hold elections, stemming from the belief in Palestinians’ right to self-determination and to choice of leadership.

On the other hand, while Dr. Qassem viewed the elections as necessary in principle, he considered elections in the prevailing circumstances to be inappropriate for several reasons. He argued this is mainly due to the absence of freedoms and right to choose in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He added: "We can’t hold the elections without the formation of an independent national body to supervise the electoral process and to re-structure the Palestine Liberation Organization."

 

The results of public and arbitration committee votes were 66% in favor of the opposing team and 34% in favor of the pro-argument team.

This debate is part of a series of debates held by the Student Debate Forum, which was founded by BZU students in order to promote constructive dialogue, based on argument and logic. The debate is also part of the Palestinian Youth Voices Project, implemented by the Student Affairs Deanship and the Palestinian Central Elections Commission.

 

 

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