Day before Israel's election, IDF soldiers start voting in military bases

Troops began voting Saturday night ahead of polls opening across the country

April 8, 2019 14:08
Israeli soldier

Israeli soldier casts his vote. (photo credit: IDF)

Israeli soldiers began voting for the 21st Knesset late Saturday evening, some 72 hours before the polls opened for the rest of the country.

Troops from the Yahalom combat engineering unit were the first to vote in IDF bases, with more polls opening at bases throughout the country later on.

IDF troops will be able to vote across the country at a total of 640 polling stations for 72 hours. Soldiers will be in seven commands and branches: the regional commands, Home Front Command, the ground forces, navy and air force.
IDF soldiers cast ballots in Israel's national elections, April 8, 2019 (Reuters)

The commands have divided into 55 additional areas in which officers were appointed to oversee the voting procedures in regional and unit bases.

Another 130 mobile ballot booths for troops serving in isolated posts and other remote locations have also been set up.

The rest of Israel will be able to cast their ballots from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at some 10,720 polling stations across the country.

Some 190 polling stations will be opened in hospitals and another 58 in prisons across the country.

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