RollerCoaster: Bennet short 1,380 votes, Right bloc shrinks to 64, UTJ & Bennet demand recount

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The Central Elections Committee has not provided updated numbers since early Thursday morning and would not let members of the media or party representatives into the area where votes were being counted, such that the latest numbers available show Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked’s party passing with just 0.01% over the necessary 3.25% of the votes.

However, reports leaked from inside indicated that the New Right dropped below the threshold by an equally narrow margin, leading the party to seek a recount of the “double envelopes,” which include soldiers, diplomats and others. 

With 15,000 votes to still to be counted, Shas party gets eight seats, United Torah Judaism gets seven. Arab union Chadash-Ta’al gets six seats, the Labor party gets five and former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu receives five seats. 

Left-wing party Meretz gets five seats, and so does the Union of the Right-wing Parties. Both United Arab List-Balad and Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu get four seats. 

Orly Levi Abekasis’ Gesher, Moshe Feiglin’s Zehut and Hayamin Hechadash don’t pass the electoral threshold.

It seems there was widespread ‘glitches’ – ballots in Bat Ayin, a yishuv in the Gush that is pretty hard-core, received ballots for Arab parties. Simply impossible.

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