Nearly 1,500 lists of council candidates, with 689 candidates for mayor in 191
local authorities will run in the October 22 municipal election, Interior
Minister Gideon Sa’ar said in a press conference Monday.
There will be
8,711 polling stations, including 1,512 that are handicapped-accessible,
compared to 6,500, of which only 839 were accessible to the handicapped in the
last municipal race five years ago.
Sa’ar said extra steps were being
taken to prevent vote tampering and other irregularities on election day. He
vowed to change the law to prevent indicted candidates from serving as
“When there is a serious indictment, I think the values of clean
governance and public trust in their local authorities should mean their term is
over,” Sa’ar said, speaking after the recent indictment of mayors in Nazareth
Illite, Ramat Hasharon, and Bat Yam.
There will be seven municipalities
that will not have mayoral races because there is only one candidate: Givat
Shmuel, Kfar Shmaryahu, Kiryat Motzkin, Kiryat Yam, Kedumim, Ghajar, and Ma’ale
The Interior Ministry will run an advertising campaign
encouraging people to vote under the slogan “complaining is easy, but having an
impact is even easier.”
“The elections in local authorities are an
important decision in every municipality,” Sa’ar said. “They influence our lives
as much and even more than general elections.”
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