Balad mulling whether to sit out election after disqualification — report

The Balad party has yet to make a decision on whether to turn to the High Court and ask that it overturn a Central Elections Committee decision to bar it from running in upcoming elections, Channel 13 reports.

According to the report, some in Balad, a hardline Arab nationalist party, prefer to boycott the elections, which could have a chilling effect on already low Arab turnout numbers.

The party is expected to convene Friday to decide whether to petition for reinstatement or not, Channel 13 says.

The party is expected to win on appeal, as it has in the past, given the high bar the High Court sets for disqualification, though in at least some of those cases the party had been running on a joint slate with more moderate Arab parties.

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