Israel Election 2022: Turnout as of 12 p.m. highest since 1999

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Nearly 30 percent of some 6,788,804 eligible voters had cast a ballot in elections for the 25th Knesset, according to the Israeli Central Elections Committee.

 As of 12 p.m. on Tuesday, 28.4% of eligible voters had cast a ballot in elections for the 25th Knesset, according to the Israeli Central Elections Committee (CEC), the highest turnout at that time since 1999.

Some 6,788,804 people are eligible to vote at more than 12,000 stations set up across the country.

As of 10 a.m., 15.9% of eligible voters had cast a ballot, the highest turnout since 1981, surpassing the 14.8% figure set during the last election, in March 2021. During the March election, 25.4% had voted by 12 p.m.

The high turnout reflects the electorate’s trust in the Jewish state’s democratic system, said Israeli President Isaac Herzog during a visit to the CEC at the Knesset.

“It’s very impressive to see this diverse, sophisticated, supervised and responsible operation, and I am convinced that the CEC will do its work faithfully and of course will thus reflect the public’s confidence in the electoral process,” Herzog added.

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