Registered voters in the Labor party will go to the polls on Monday to elect the lineup for the upcoming elections for 21st Knesset, which will take place on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. There are 60,000 registered voters and 84 voting stations nationwide. According to party officials, the results of the primary elections will be announced at a special event on Monday evening.
There are 44 persons vying for a realistic spot on the party lineup, and while Labor combined with The Movement party have 24 seats in the outgoing Knesset, the various elections polls paint a bleak picture for Labor’s future, particularly with the new Israel Resilience Party headed by Benny Gantz now in the race. It is pointed out that there are only three positions available in the first five slots as the first slot goes to Avi Gabbai, the party leader. The second ‘secured slot’, the fourth place on the lineup is dedicated to a women’s position. The tenth position is also located by Gabbai, for party director-general Erez Chermoni.
According to polls, if elections were held today, Labor would only receive five seats and the candidates are aware that only these top five positions are currently ‘realistic’.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)