Early exit polls show crushing victory for Fatah, Hamas

Exit polls taken nearly two hours after the closure of polling stations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Early exit polls show crushing victory for Fatah, Hamas

Exit polls have shown that Fatah and Hamas won nearly 120 seats out of the 132 seats making up the Palestinian parliament.

According to the exit polls, conducted by the Bir Zeit University Center for public opinion studies, Fatah is poised to win 63 seats and Hamas 58 seats of the Palestinian legislative council's 132 seats.

Earlier exit polls gave Fatah a substantial lead over Hamas.

However, as more election results were being released, it became clear that Hamas was narrowing the gap with Fatah.

Initial results have also shown that Fatah had a slight lead over Hamas in the national slate while Hamas defeated Fatah in the district circuits.

If the exit polls are true, it means that other parties and candidates contending the elections have suffered a devastating defeat.

High Turnout
According to the Palestinian Central Elections Committee (CEC), the overall turnout in Wednesday's elections reached nearly 80%.

The highest turnout was registered in the Rafah district, at the southern tip of the Gaza Strip, reaching 89 per cent.

The lowest turnout was in the Jerusalem area where the Israeli occupation authorities sought to disrupt the election.

Ammar Dweik, a CEC official said 585,003 eligible voters cast their votes in the West Bank, or 74%, and in the Gaza Strip 396,000 of 81% of eligible voters.

Source: Palestinian Information Center

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