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Likud National Headquarters warned Friday that many newly registered members will be barred from voting in party primaries, slated to occur in mid-June.

David Tzviel, who manages the Likud National Headquarters, told Arutz Sheva, "There are two types of Likud members: Code 1, which means who has paid dues in the past year, and Code 99, who is listed on the Likud rolls - but hasn´t paid dues."

Tzviel said, "Members who are Code 99 can renew their membership by paying their dues and vote in the primaries, as long as they have 16 months of membership."

"The rolls of Likud voters eligible to vote will be closed next week," he warned. "We know of thousands of members who are certain they can vote, but because a credit card expired or the automatic payment was terminated [by the bank] they will be ineligible. Banks don´t always tell customers about these changes."

According to various sources, Likud voters in Arab towns were also assigned Code 99.

However, Tzviel says, this does not bar them from voting if their dues are paid. "The Likud National Headquarters has established a secure Internet site where party members can check their status. Code 99 members can become Code 1 voters through the website."

Party primaries are held to establish the party´s Knesset list ahead of general elections. Likud is currently polling at 31 seats.

Coalition chairman Zeev Elkin (Likud), this week introduced a bill to dissolve the Knesset which would set the date for early elections for 4 September, 2012.

The bill is expected to pass its readings in the plenum early next week. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/04/12)


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