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Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Violence, fraud mar Israel's elections

Fraud and violence have marred Israel's vote with rival factions accusing each other of conspiring to hijack the results of the Elections.

Police arrested a woman in Jerusalem (al-Quds) after she entered a polling station with forged ballots allegedly belonging to Avigdor Lieberman's YIsrael Beiteinu faction.

The woman confessed that she was asked to distribute the ballots at the entrance to the polling station.

At another voting station in the city's David Yalin Street, a youth entered a polling station and turned over a table containing ballots.

He also stole all of the ballots marked with the Hebrew letter "Gimmel" representing the United Torah Judaism faction, Haaretz reported on Tuesday.

In another incident, supporters of Kadima and its ally Labor clashed with each other. Police arrested a Labor Party activist over the row.

The Election Committee says it has received 68 complains about irregularities.

The Meretz Party filed a complaint claiming that the name YIsrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman was written on the back of its ballots in a polling station in Jerusalem in order to invalidate the ballots. More