The Likud party primary vote to choose the list of party candidates forthe January 22 parliamentary election, that began on Sunday, will continue on Monday, the Likud Central Election Committee decided on Sunday night. 50 to 60 polling stations will be open to voters from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The decision was made based on problems with electronic polling machines on Sunday. Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar called the Likud primary elections held Sunday a “farce” because of problems with electronic voting machines and demanded the polls be halted and held again on a later date.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cast his own ballot Sunday morning in Givat Ze’ev and called on the Likud’s 125,351 members to vote in the tight primary race “to participate in the festival of democracy in the Likud, the largest party, the ruling party. You have the right to choose who will be in the in power in the coming years in the State of Israel. I call on you to come and vote, to influence, and to decide.”
Analysts are keen to see if the party tilts further to the right in response to public disaffection over a truce deal which on Wednesday ended Israel’s eight-day Operation Pillar of Defence against Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip, halting plans for a major ground operation.