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  • Israel denies hackers voter registry breach claim

    Published on April 8, 2019

    Israel poll officials have rejected the claim by hackers that they had broken into the database of Israeli voters, ahead of Parliamentary elections tomorrow. The country will go to the polls to elect the “Knesset”, or Parliament. Hackers claimed they had stolen information on millions of Israelis after breaking into the voter registry. But the country’s Central Elections Committee said they had no evidence of a hack.

    Nearly 5.88 million eligible voters are set to elect a party that will lead the next Israeli government. Fourteen main parties are competing for 120 seats in the 21st Knesset. A party has to secure a majority of 61 seats out of 120 in order to form a government and choose a leader to become Prime Minister. Voters will be casting their ballots for a party, not a candidate. The more votes a party gets, the more seats it obtains in the Knesset as the government is based on a nationwide proportional representation system.

    Political parties must pass an electoral threshold of 3.25 percent to gain a Knesset seat. To stand a better chance of passing this threshold, many parties form coalitions.

    Israel has seen particularly high turn-out rates in the past, with 71.8 percent of eligible voters casting their ballots in the 2015 election. Sixty-nine year old incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the right-wing Likud party, is seeking a fifth term in office.