Following elections for 20th Knesset a few weeks ago, Yachad party leader Eli Yishai shouted foul, accusing Shas of major voter fraud. Yishai added that after consulting with rabbonim, he was going to take his case to court for he is certain his party should have earned sufficient votes to pass minimum threshold to enter Knesset.
Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) on Monday 24 Nissan reports that there is now documented proof of voter fraud by Shas activists as alleged by Yishai and members of his party. Galei Tzahal released recordings of an activist giving instructions as how to work against Yachad on Election Day to prevent Yishai from entering Knesset. Yishai only feel some 11,000 votes short of entering Knesset.
The recording of the activist includes instructions to remove all of the voting ballots for Yachad so voters cannot vote for the new party and replace the slips with Shas ballots. “They will not find them [the voting ballots] and they can go to hell” the Shas activist tell his colleagues.
Other instructions given by the same person to fellow Shas supporters include marking the Yachad slips instead of removing them, hence rendering them invalid. He explained that the smallest marks on ballot slips will render them invalid so if he takes a stack and fans it so the edges are visible, pen marks along the side would do the trick to render them invalid. These votes would be disqualified when the ballots were tabulated.
YWN-ISRAEL on Election Day reported the arrest of a number of Shas activists for this same type of action. The persons taken into custody admitted to the very same actions described in the Galei Tzahal report. Yishai on Election Day accused Shas of these actions in many areas around Israel.
Yishai accused Shas of an organized effort nationwide to harm his party and Yachad appears to be proceeding with its legal case as it said would be the case.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)