Labor voters ventured out on Thursday to choose the makeup of their party's Knesset ticket ahead of the Jan. 22 parliamentary elections. Eighty-three candidates are contending for 20 spots on the list.
As she cast her own ballot in Tel Aviv, Labor
Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich
urged supporters not to give in to outside pressure and vote for whomever they think is best.
"I've come upon several lists that were allegedly issued on my behalf, and some were really ridiculous," she said. "I urge everyone to get out of the house and vote… Just write down the names of the people you believe would be best for the state and for Labor."
Yachimovich casts her ballot (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
The politician said that the party has taken precautions to make sure the primary election goes smoothly.
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Knesset Member Amir Peretz is running against Yachimovich for the top spot on the list. The incumbent leader of the party has made efforts recently to recruit promising politicians whom she would like to see running alongside her in the elections.
Peretz, on the other hand, a former leader of the party, has gotten much public support recently for his role in advancing the Iron Dome aerial defense system.
The voting stations are to close at 10 pm and the results are expected to be announced on Friday morning.
"We want a list that incorporates the up-and-comers and veterans, an attractive list that will reflect all of the Israeli public's sectors, to counter Likud's Right-leaning list," Labor Secretary General Hilik Bar said.