Fight over Likud slot could be decided next week

Likud elections committee judge Menahem Ne'eman will hear next week the cases of Deputy Science and Technology minister Tzipi Hotovely and former Public Security Minister Avi Dichter, who are fighting over the 20th slot on the Likud list.
Dichter was declared the winner of the slot following the December 31 primary. Hotovely was given the next slot on the list available to a current and former MK: The 26th slot, which does not guarantee that she would enter the next Knesset.
The 21st to 25th slots are reserved for newcomers and representatives of regions and minorities. The Likud has received 23-25 seats in the past week's polls.
Both Hotovely and Dichter have asked for recounts in multiple polling stations and for some polling stations to be disqualified. Dichter has alleged that there has been criminal wrongdoing.
Ne'eman, who is the former deputy chief judge of the Haifa District Court, downplayed the allegations in an Israel Radio interview. He said he would look into the claims of Dichter and Hotovely.
Former Likud MK Michael Ratzon complained about a polling station in Or Yehuda that was the subject of a Channel 2 report that showed serious problems with counting the votes there. Ne'eman heard his case Tuesday and rejected Ratzon's request for a recount.