Seeking diversity, Gabbai to hold digital Labor party elections

The 10th Labor Party elections will be held on Monday, for the first time ever, they will be digital.

December 23, 2018 18:28
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 Labor leader Avi Gabbay

Labor leader Avi Gabbay . (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


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The 10th Labor party elections will be held on Monday, allowing party members to elect party leaders as Israeli politics gears up towards upcoming elections.

For the first time, the election process will be done digitally, dispensing with paper ballots and human vote counting.

Speaking with the Jerusalem Post, Head of the 10th Elections committee Gil Goldebnerg said that in the new voting system voters will be able to arrive at any ballot around the country, not just the one near their official address, and use their ID as a means of identification.

The staff at hand will type their details into a computer and they will be able to proceed to the voting booth, where they will use a tablet to chose among the possible candidates.

"It's a lot cheaper because you don't need to print the ballots," explains Goldenberg, "it prevents forgeries because you can't disqualify votes, and the results will arrive within hours as there's no need to employ humans to count the ballots."

The Party guidelines ensure that 40% of the seats will be filled by women, 20% by those under 30, and at least 16% filled by those who are of retirement age.

Noting that the new committee will be much larger, Labor Leader Avi Gabbay said "we are strengthening democracy within the party and allowing more citizens to take an active part in them." 

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