State Comptroller Joseph Shapira.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
State Comptroller Jospeh Shapira will tour the country’s election polling sites as around 100 of his staff police check those sites for Election Day violations.
The 100 staff members are split into 40 groups to better cover the country’s 19 regional polling cites as well as special polling sites, such as IDF, prison, and hospital sites, which have encountered serious problems.
The comptroller’s office will be checking for violations of: harm to purity of elections, proper spreading out of polling sites and their logistical operations, sufficient access to polling sites in specific areas and the manner in which the votes are collected and counted.
Shapira’s office noted that his last report on the issue of purity of elections had highlighted substantial defects in improperly permitting the votes of thousands of dead persons and overseas Israeli citizens (who are not allowed to vote by law.) The past report also slammed instances where dozens of envelopes containing an unclear number of votes were improperly brought into polling sites. It also critiqued the failure to employ sufficient human resources to handle the workload for Election Day.
The comptroller started his tour at the Lod polling sites around 10:30 a.m. and has jumped around to several sites, including Beit Shemesh which has a recent history of substantial polling fraud. He will finish at the Knesset polling site around 5:30 p.m.