Low turnout for Kadima primary


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Knesset speaker Dalia Itzik led the vote tally in the Kadima party primaries.

Voter turnout for Wednesday’s primary was low at 44 percent. The voting proceeded smoothly after both the Likud and Labor parties had trouble with the new computerized systems earlier this month.

"Kadima proved that it knows how to do what the Likud and Labor parties don’t know how to do — to manage precise and democratic computerized elections," party head Tzipi Livni said after the results were announced early Thursday morning.

The top two positions on the slate are reserved for Livni and Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz.

Ten Knesset members occupy the top 10 slots, including Tzachi Hanegbi, Construction and Housing Minister Ze’ev Boim, Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit and Public Security Minister Avi Dichter. Four women are in the top 10.

General Knesset elections are scheduled for Feb. 10.

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