Police: Elections Relatively Quiet

Only one serious incident of apparent fraud took place, in Beit Shemesh, and 8 suspects were arrested.

Gil Ronen,

Illustration: police car
Illustration: police car
Flash 90

Police summed up Local Elections Day with satisfaction, saying that there were relatively few problematic incidents at the polling stations nationwide.

The most serious incident took place at Beit Shemesh: eight suspects were arrested after they were found to be in possession of about 200 ID cards of Israeli citizens who are currently abroad. Police suspect that they intended to use them for voting fraudulently. They were taken into questioning.

Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino said Tuesday evening that police had received information about the intended fraud and had raided two homes in the city, where the forged ID cards were found. 

Police sources said that there were no other serious incidents. About 1,060 complaints were filed during the day, regarding the elections. About 370 of these concerned forbidden election propaganda, and about 400 concerned disturbing the public order, near the polling stations or inside them.

All in all, 20 people were arrested and another 16 were detained on suspicion of disturbing public order, use of fake ID cards and assault. The police 100 hotline received about 1,00 election-related calls.

Over 13,000 policemen were stationed at polling stations to maintain the peace, said Danino.