Soldiers to begin voting at bases in local elections

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October 20, 2013 13:55

IDF soldiers began voting on Sunday in local municipal elections in several military bases on Sunday. The remainder of bases are due to allow soldiers to vote on Monday and Tuesday.

Soldiers will be presented with a list of candidates in their place of residence to enable them to make a selection.

Col. Avi Baruch, head of the IDF's local elections headquarters, said voting began at 8:00 a.m. at several bases on Sunday, and that on Monday, polls will open at posts bordering Egypt, Gaza, Lebanon and Syria, as well as far flung positions in the West Bank.

On Tuesday, the day of the elections, 500 IDF bases will allow soldiers to vote, and an additional 200 mobile voting stations will open, Bauch added.

Like civilians, soldiers will cast one vote for a municipal party and a second for the mayoral candidate.

Previous local elections, held in 2008, saw a low voter turnout among soldiers, 39 percent of whom cast a ballot.


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