Yachad Claims 'Election Fraud'

Yachad-Ha'am Itanu, which did not pass the Knesset threshold, claims elections were rife with fraud, demands an investigation.

Moshe Cohen ,

Baruch Marzel, Eli Yishai, May Golan
Baruch Marzel, Eli Yishai, May Golan
Tomer Neuberg/Flash 90

The Central Elections Committee announced that as of 10 AM Thursday, all votes, including those from overseas diplomats and IDF service personnel, had been counted. 

Along with that announcement came the news that Yachad-Ha'am Itanu, headed by Eli Yishai, was still about 10,000 votes short of Knesset representation.

Via its attorney, Itamar Ben-Gvir, Yachad is demanding a recount, charging that there were numerous improprieties in the vote count.

Party activists said they had witnessed numerous incidents of ballot-box stuffing, intimidation of voters, fake ballots, harassment of activists, and other illegal activities.

In a letter to Elections Committee Chairman Salim Joubran, Ben-Gvir wrote that the party had gathered “a great deal of data on illegal and inappropriate activities against Yachad, that were apparently part of an organized campaign to prevent the party from achieving appropriate representation in the Knesset.”

An investigation is necessary, he wrote.

The Central Elections Committee released its "almost final" figures late Thursday morning. Under Israeli law, interested parties have a week to challenge those results, after which they become official.