The Palestinian Central Elections Commission has condemned the Israeli practices against its members which aim to suppress freedom and influence results of the impending elections.

The commission’s remarks came after Israeli security forces arrested Hussein Abu-Kwik, the Hamas representative in the commission.

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Palestinian Islamic Jihad leaders Kaled Al-Batsh (L) and Khader Habib attend a news conference in Gaza February 8, 2006. Islamic Jihad ruled out on Wednesday joining a new Palestinian government following Hamas’s election victory or forging any long-term truce with Israel. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem – RTR15ZBZ
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Palestinian Islamic Jihad leaders Kaled Al-Batsh (L) and Khader Habib attend a news conference in Gaza February 8, 2006. Islamic Jihad ruled out on Wednesday joining a new Palestinian government following Hamas’s election victory or forging any long-term truce with Israel. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem – RTR15ZBZ

It said his arrest was “a blatant interference in the elections and serious violation of democratic freedoms and practicesPalestinian Elections Commission: Israel Trying to Influence Results

Calling for his immediate release, it stressed that it will do everything necessary to stop political arrests.

The commission also stressed the need to allow the elections to be held in a democratic manner which guarantees equal opportunities to all political parties, lists and candidates within international standards of integrity and fairness