Kadima Primaries to Make Use of Facebook (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 03/26/12)
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For the first time in Israel, a political party will use Facebook
extensively during an election.
As part of the primaries for the leadership of the Kadima party on
Tuesday, voters will be able to check-in through Facebook at the
polling station and let their Facebook friends know that they have
exercised their democratic right to vote.
As part of the activity, 104 places for checking in, representing the
104 voting sites across the country, have been created on Facebook.
At each polling station there will be signage posted which will
invite the voters to check-in and guide them on how to do so.
Furthermore, the Kadima party has announced that it will provide
regular news flashes throughout election day on the party´s Facebook
The Kadima race heated up last week, after former Shin Bet head MK
Avi Dichter bowed out of the race and joined the camp that supports
MK Shaul Mofaz – a former Chief of Staff and Minister of Defense.
The move is bad news for MK Tzipi Livni, who currently leads the
party. Polls have shown that if Dichter throws his support behind
Mofaz, Mofaz has a good chance of unseating Livni in the first round
In any case and no matter who wins the Kadima leadership, polls have
shown that the party, which is currently the largest party in the
Knesset, will lose a significant number of seats.
A poll conducted for the Knesset Channel last week found that if
Mofaz defeats Livni, the center-left camp will likely diminish in the
next elections and nationalist camp can be expected to grow
The poll showed Kadima losing over half of its Knesset seats in the
next elections in any case. Asked how they would vote if elections
were held today and if Mofaz heads Kadima, the poll´s participants
yielded 6 Knesset seats for the party. If elections were held today
and if Livni continues to head Kadima, the party would get 11 seats,
according to the poll. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/26/12)
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