The Central Elections Committee reported a high voter turnout compared to the same time at the past four election campaigns. According to the committee, some 26.7% Israelis voted as of 12 pm indicating a rise of more than 3% compared with turnout in the 2009 elections which stood at 23.4%. Voting will continue until 10 pm.
The Central Elections Committee, which ran a campaign to encourage voting, was satisfied with the data. It is hoped that the 2013 election will break Israel\’s voting record.
Polling stations across Israel opened on Tuesday at 7 am. A total of 5,656,705 eligible voters will be able to cast their ballots in 10,132 ballot boxes across Israel.
President Shimon Peres voted at the Charles E. Smith High School for the Arts in Jerusalem. "Today the state is asking citizens to vote for a free, beautiful, democratic country," he said after casting his ballot.
He wished success to all the candidates and called on the public to exercise their right to vote.
Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino said that compared to previous elections, there were no unusual disturbances. "It really is a celebration of democracy," he said. Danino noted that police handled a few isolated incidents that did not disrupt voting.