Port workers demonstration 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein and to the Political Parties Registrar, asking to probe whether a group of Ashdod Port workers recently double registered in the Labor and Likud parties in an attempt to block plans for private ports.
The NGO, the Movement for the Quality of Government in Israel, noting numerous articles, had said that hundreds or even thousands of workers and their families had in recent weeks registered for the Likud party, despite having registered in recent Labor primaries – in support of Alon Hassan, chairman of the workers committee for the port workers.
The letter said that section 15 of the Political Parties Law prohibits people from registering as members of more than one party.
The letter requested that Weinstein and the registrar exercise their oversight powers to review if any of the recent group of Likud registrants had recently registered in a different party.
The letter added that there is concern that the workers who recently registered in the Likud were not acting out of proper ideological principles.
Rather, the NGO suggested, the registrants might have acted out of the improper motivation of placing undue pressure on the country’s leaders to stop the establishment of private ports, which they view as a personal economic threat.
The letter said there was potential legislation, to create an independent and separate authority to focus harder on such electoral irregularities, though the bill has not yet been voted on.
With that in mind, the movement urged Weinstein and the registrar to act rapidly to ensure that the registrations were performed under proper circumstances.