Likud Primaries Vote to be Extended

Likud's Election Committee decided to extend the vote until midnight, and possibly past Sunday, because of computer failures.

Gil Ronen ,

Primaries in Likud
Primaries in Likud
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Likud's Election Committee decided Sunday afternoon to extend the voting in the party's primaries until midnight and possibly beyond, due to extensive computer malfunctions during the vote.

The committee has still not announced how and when the voting will be carried out.

By 6:00 p.m., it was reported that 23.5% of eligible Likud voters had participated in the polling.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon in the early afternoon, regarding the possible extension.

Yaalon said after the meeting: "I spoke with the prime minister a short while ago. I proposed that today's computerized voting process be stopped and that the vote be continued manually in the coming days."

Yaalon said that whoever has already voted will not have to vote again and his vote will be counted. He suggested that the manual vote take place next week.