The Samaria (Shomron) Residents' Council said, Thursday, that it's likely their presence as monitors and members of the elections committees at 300 polling places in Arab communities prevented the forging of hundreds or thousands of votes that could have made Taleb As-Sana the fifth member of the Ra'am-Ta'al United Arab list to be elected in Tuesday's Knesset balloting. The council said it stepped in when parties waived their participation. It said if more parties make sure the voting is run properly, tens of thousands of forgeries can be prevented in the future.
Among the examples of suspected forgery attempts was a man who came with his wife's identity card and sought to vote in her place, claiming she was disabled. The Shomron Residents representative filed a report with the Central Elections Committee after the secretary of the precinct approved the man's vote, even though the Shomron representative referred the man to a polling place for the disabled. At another polling place, the Shomron representative was offered cash not to be present for the counting of the votes. In a previous election, a polling place with a Shomron resident recorded 30-percent turnout, while the polling place in the next room, with no non-Arab presence, recorded a 97-percent turnout.