Diplomatic Corps Cast Ballots

Israeli diplomatic officials posted abroad have cast their ballots for prime minister and the Knesset, some two weeks before the rest of the country goes to the polls for the May 29 national elections.

About 3,600 Israelis serving abroad in embassies, consulates and with the Jewish Agency were eligible to participate in the May 16 absentee vote. Israeli sailors were also eligible to participate.

The first poll opened at the Israeli Embassy in New Zealand and was followed by 103 other sites around the world.

The ballots, which were to be flown to Israel via diplomatic mail, will be counted on election night in Israel.

Among the newest locales form which absentee ballots were cast was the Jordanian capital of Amman, where Israeli Ambassador Shimon Shamir, his wife Daniella and 23 other embassy staff put their votes in a sealed blue box that was later taken to Israel.

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