Ministers to mull preventing double party membership

July 9, 2011 21:38


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The ministerial committee on legislation is expected to approve a proposal on Sunday that would require the party registrar to check the membership of all the parties twice a year in order to enforce the law that makes it illegal to be a member of more than one party.

Until now, the membership lists have only been checked after a party conducts a registration drive. The bill, which is sponsored by MKs from nine factions, would require parties to submit their membership lists for a computer check every January and July. Anyone found to be a member of two parties would be erased from both until after a general election.

The bill was boosted by reports of alleged corruption and double and triple party membership in Labor's membership drive. In the Labor race, MK Isaac Herzog received an endorsement Saturday night from former Knesset speaker Shlomo Hillel.

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