In a big surprise, Labor will field more lists of candidates in the October 22
municipal elections than Likud.
A Labor spokesman said his party would
present more than 70 lists by Tuesday’s deadline, while a spokeswoman for Likud
faction chairman Yariv Levin said he would approve only 60 lists.
officials attributed the large number of lists fielded by Labor to the fact that
party leader Shelly Yacimovich is up for reelection a month later and she wants
to show the party’s strength. The Likud’s leader, Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu, has not taken an interest in the municipal races.
candidates in the municipal elections complained this week that banks have not
extended the party’s credit in order to fund their races. The Likud asked Bank
Leumi to raise the party’s credit limit, but Leumi refused, as did two other
A Likud spokeswoman blamed the bank’s refusal on the NIS 15
million debt the party incurred in January’s general election.
have decided on principle not to extend the credit of political parties,” she
said. “Every list wants to receive as much money as possible from the party, but
we have our limits.”
A Labor spokesman said his party has also had
trouble with the banks but not as much as in the past. He said the party’s
financial situation had improved tremendously since its debts had fallen from
more than NIS 120m. to NIS 20m. over the past several years.
State Comptroller’s Office has prevented candidates in the municipal elections
from receiving donations of more than NIS 5,000, including from the candidates
Thursday was the final day for citizens to ensure that the
Interior Ministry had their proper addresses for the election. Each citizen
eligible to vote will receive his or her polling place and its hours of
operation in the mail by October 1.