The Polls have closed for Israeli diplomats and emissaries around the world who voted early for the general elections on last night at 9pm depending on the time zone. A total of 3,525 people out of 5,086 went to the polls in Israel’s 96 diplomatic missions around the world, the Central Election Committee said in a statement.
This is an attendance rate of 69%, which is a decrease of 7% compared to last April’s election. (76%). Pundits are saying that the decline in diplomatic staff participation could be a precursor to national voting trends. Feelings of voter fatigue and the date chosen for the election (between the August holidays and Jewish holidays) could have a negative impact on voter turnout on election day.
According to recent polls, Benyamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party is expected to win 31 seats. The Blue and White party led by former Chief of Staff Benny Gantz will receive 30 seats, followed by the Arabic list with 12 seats.
The left opposition parties are expected to win 9 seats in total, followed by Avigdor Lieberman’s Israel Beiteinu’s party and United Torah Judaism who are expected to receive 7 seats apiece.
General elections in Israel will take place on the 17th of September 2019. These ballots will be counted on election day with the rest of the national vote.