Dichter wins 20th spot by 55 votes but appeal looms

After a recount of several polling stations and accounting for various errors made in the initial tally, Avi Dichter has won the 20th spot on the Likud list, knocking Tzipi Hotovely down to the 26th spot. With most polls showing the Likud winning between 21 to 24 seats, it means that Avi Dichter would return to the Knesset (after a 2 year absence) while Hotovely would leave the parliament after being an MK for the last six years.

Despite the outcome of a recount, the final list for the Likud is still not set, as Hotovely has implied that she will appeal the results of the recount via the Likud court and to the Supreme Court if necessary. At issue are the ballot boxes in Beit Jan where it appears that 257 people voted despite only having 198 registered voters. Hotovely is looking to have the entire ballot box disqualified which would put her ahead of Dichter and back into the 20th spot.

In addition, it appears that Yariv Levin and Danny Danon will move up slightly on the list while Tzachi Hanegbi will move back a couple of spots. The lack of certainty puts the Likud in an awkward spot as Netanyahu was supposed to officially announce the list and kick off the Likud’s election campaign tomorrow and it is unclear whether he will be able to do so.

Source (Hebrew): http://www.haaretz.co.il/news/elections/1.2530262