Generally Glitch-free Poll 'Boring,' Says Official

Voters cast their ballots by candlelight after yesterday's storms caused power outages in several towns in the south, including Arad and Rahat.

The outages, along with the protests at the Umm al-Fahm polling station, were one of few instances in which voting was disrupted in an otherwise glitch-free election day.

"Today can be summed up as boring, which is a positive thing," Central Elections Committee Chairman Reuven Rivlin said. He added that he had ambiguous feelings about the rain - it disrupted the elections, but it was badly needed in this drought year.

Still, a few other incidents of suspected election-rigging were reported.

One of the more serious complaints involved ballots that had the name of the leftist party Meretz printed on one side, and the rightist Yisrael Beiteinu on the other, making it impossible to determine which party the voter had intended. Both parties filed complaints with the Central Elections Committee, which issued a warning to voters in the afternoon. Police began investigating the chairman of a polling station in the Israeli Arab town of Kalansua after a Yisrael Beiteinu representative supervising the election accused him of helping distribute the double-sided ballots.

In Jerusalem, a young ultra-Orthodox man overturned the table behind the voting booth and took all the ballots for one of the ultra-Orthodox parties. Elsewhere in Jerusalem, police arrested a member of the board supervising a polling station after he allegedly tried to vote twice when the board chairman left the room.

A woman was held for questioning in the Jerusalem suburb of Pisgat Ze'ev for carrying fake Yisrael Beiteinu ballots into the voting booth. She said she had been asked to hand out the ballots to voters at the entrance of the polling station.

In another incident, police were called in after a brawl broke out between Labor and Kadima activists at the main entrance to Jerusalem. No injuries were reported.