Naftali Bennett’s New Right Demands Recount after Failing to Enter Knesset

Naftali Bennett (Abir Sultan / Getty)
Abir Sultan / Getty

The Times of Israel reports:  The New Right party on Thursday said it would demand a recount of its votes as it emerged that it had fallen just short of entering the Knesset, after all votes were tallied but with a review of the vote-count process underway.

Overnight and through Thursday morning, the Central Elections Committee counted the final 265,000 ballots from soldiers, diplomats, medical staff and patients in hospitals, prisoners and disabled people (3,940 special stations were accessible to voters with disabilities), representing about six percent of the total number of ballots cast in the election. When the count was done, New Right had fallen just 1,380 votes short of clearing the 3.25% threshold for Knesset representation, officials from the Central Elections Committee said at around 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Representatives of the party argued with officials at the Central Elections Committee headquarters in the Knesset, and sought in vain to be allowed to enter the room where the count was taking place, Army Radio reported.

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