Computer woes force Likud to extend primary vote an extra day


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Voting was extended by a day in Likud Party primary balloting following computer malfunctions at several polling stations.

The Likud Election Committee made the announcement following malfunctions at several stations, including the 80 computerized voting systems at Jerusalem’s main polling station at the International Convention Center. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the chairman of the ruling Likud, had said earlier in the day that the voting would be extended to midnight.

The problems led to calls by party leaders to postpone the balloting after voters were turned away at some polling stations or left without casting their ballots after waiting a long time.

The party’s 123,351 members are voting to select the Knesset list ahead of the Jan. 22 national elections. The polls opened at 9 a.m. 

Some 97 Likud candidates are competing for 25 realistic spots on the Likud’s Knesset list.

Meanwhile, Yair Lapid, head of the newly formed centrist party Yesh Atid, or There is a Future, said Sunday that he had offered former Kadima Party head Tzipi Livni the second slot on his party’s list, and promised that she would be a full partner in all major decisions.

"Splitting the centrist bloc is not good for Israel, and I am calling her to join forces and change the country together," he wrote on his Facebook page.

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