Likud to Recount All Votes Cast in Election Primary

Recount ordered as solution to ongoing struggle between MKs Avi Dichter and Tzipi Hotovely for realistic place on party's election list.

Jonathan Lis
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MK Tzipi Hotobely, right, with MK Nissim Ze'ev, in the Knesset. March 31, 2014.
MK Tzipi Hotobely, right, with MK Nissim Ze'ev, in the Knesset. March 31, 2014. Credit: Michal Fattal
Jonathan Lis
Jonathan Lis

The Likud will recount all the ballots cast in its election primary, which was held in early January, the party's internal court decided on Friday.

In deciding for a recount, the court accepted the appeal of MK Avi Dichter, who has been locked in a struggle with MK Tzipi Hotovely for a realistic place on the party's list for the upcoming elections.

The recount will involve only the votes cast for Dichter and Hotovely, the deputy minister for transport.

Dichter rejected a proposal by the judges that a place on the list be reserved for him, saying that he wanted a transparent process that reflected the intentions of the voters.

All the arguments of Hotovely, who objected to a recount, were rejected by the court. An additional discussion on her arguments will be held on Sunday before the court's presidium.

The party's central elections committee accepted Hotovely's appeal against the primary result early last week. In terms of that decision, Hotovely would have been advanced to position 20 on the list, with Dichter falling to 26th place.

However, a limited recount showed that Hotovely lagged behind Dichter by 23 votes.

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