A Palestinian court has ordered the suspension of local elections in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip scheduled for October 8, AFP news agency reports.

The decision, made by the high court in Ramallah in the West Bank, comes after disputes between the rival Fatah and Hamas movements over candidate lists.

Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, boycotted the last Palestinian municipal elections in 2012, but was due to participate this year.

Fatah and Hamas have not contested an election since 2006 parliamentary polls, which Hamas won.

This year's vote was planned with 81-year-old president Mahmud Abbas under heavy political pressure as opinion polls suggested most Palestinians would like him to step down.

There has been no Palestinian presidential election since 2005.