Labor votes in primaries with party facing massive election failure
Monday 11/February/2019 - 10:29 AM
The Times of Israel
Labor members go to the polls on Monday to elect the party’s Knesset slate for the upcoming elections with the battle for a top spot being fiercely contested after polls showing the party only likely to win a handful of seats.
The party led Israel unchallenged for the first three decades of statehood، but has seen its fortunes tumble in recent years as it has been hit by a rightward shift by Israeli voters، turmoil in the party، and the emergence of new political players that have eroded its base.
Polls open at 10:00 am and close at 21:00 with some 60،000 party members eligible to vote.
On Sunday Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay urged party members to turn out in force. “Go out and vote. We are a democracy and the power is in your hands،” Gabbay said. “Go and vote and together we will choose a winning slate.
Forty-four candidates are competing for a spot on the party list with chances slim of snagging a realistic spot. Recent polls indicate that Labor could win as few as five or seven seats in the April elections، depending on the eventual political constellations that run.
To make matters more difficult، the second spot on the list is reserved for an outsider of Gabbay’s choice and the third spot is reserved for a woman.
In the last elections، Labor، running together with Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua party as the Zionist Union، was the second largest party with 24 seats.