News Brief 10/23/2013, Cheshvan 19, 5774
Saar: 'State Must Find Ways to Increase Election Participation'
Israel's Interior Minster MK Gidon Saar (Likud) has said he is pleased with the way municipal elections took place on Tuesday but says more needs to be done to increase participation.
Low turnouts were apparent across the country with 35.97% of those eligible to vote casting ballots in Jerusalem – while in Tel Aviv more than two thirds of residents failed to cast votes, as the city recorded a turnout of 32%.
Some even doubted turnout would make it into double figures as only 9% had voted by mid-morning, although things did pick up as the day drew on.