Lawmaker From Bennett's Party Facing Calls for Criminal Probe After 'Accidental' Double Vote

MK Abir Kara from Bennett's Yamina party claims his double vote on Israel's national insurance law was a mistake, but Likud's Amir Ohana decries the incident as a 'criminal offense'

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MK Abir Kara in the Knesset in May
MK Abir Kara in the Knesset in MayCredit: Ohad Zwigenberg
Michael Hauser Tov
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Yamina lawmaker Abir Kara voted twice during a Knesset plenum on Thursday, prompting calls from the opposition for a criminal investigation.

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Following the vote on an amendment to the national insurance law, Kara's bureau released a statement claiming that he had "accidentally voted from MK Idit Silman's computer and immediately informed the Knesset Speaker of his mistake so that the vote count would be fixed."

After being advised on the issue, Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy announced a do-over of the vote on the amendment.

Likud lawmaker Amir Ohana responded to the incident: "This here is a criminal offense. This was not a mistake or a case of an MK accidentally voting from the wrong computer. Kara voted twice from two separate computers so that two votes would be counted. An MK saw what had happened and then informed [us]."

Ohana demanded an investigation of footage from all votes in the plenum from the last two weeks, in order to ensure there weren't other incidences of Kara voting twice. "I request that a representative of the opposition be present during the examination of the footage," said the former public security minister.

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