Meretz polling stations close; 87% of council members cast votes

Polling stations for the Meretz party primary closed on Sunday evening, with 87 percent of council members having cast votes. Council members were asked to rank the 22 candidates running for the Knesset. The list's third, fifth, eighth and 10th slots are reserved for women. The top candidates included current MKs Zehava Gal-On, Avshalom Vilan and Tzvia Greenfield, former MKs Ilan Gilon and Mossy Raz, and new candidates such as Young Meretz head Uri Zaki, handicapped activist Yoav Kreim and human rights lawyer Gaby Lasky. Gil Hoffman contributed to this report.