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    Israelis went the polls on Monday (December 31) in what were considered the most crucial -- and unpredictable -- elections in the history of the Jewish state.

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    Israelis went the polls on Monday (December 31) in what were considered the most crucial -- and unpredictable -- elections in the history of the Jewish state.

    The country's 2,037,000 voters cast their ballots for the new 120-seat Knesset (Parliament) and for local government councils, including municipalities, local, urban and rural councils. Voting began briskly, and nearly a quarter of the electorate cast their ballots in the first four hours.

    The day was declared a national holiday. But the armed forces were on full alert along the ceasefire lines and police were on stand-by to guard against internal incidents.

    Public opinion polls showed that between 20 and 40 per cent of voters were undecided, and that the Labour-dominated coalition government of Mrs. Golda Meir stood to lose much of its support to the conservative Likud group. The two groups were the main opponents among the 21 competing parties, including sight new parties making their first appearance at an election.

    Ballot boxes were taken to the front lines so that soldiers could vote. Because of the full alert, soldiers were allowed three days to cast their votes.

    The elections were postponed from October 30 because of the outbreak of war on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). The war is widely considered to have changed the focus of the election issues with national security taking priority over domestic issues.

    The final results were not expected to be known for some days because of the difficulties of receiving and counting soldiers' votes.

    SYNOPSIS: The Israeli Prime Minister, Mrs. Golda Meir cast her vote on Monday in what was widely considered to be the most crucial and unpredictable election in Israel's history. Mrs. Meir's Labour-dominated coalition government was thought to have lost much of its support since the October War. Defence Minister Moshe Dayan came in for much criticism for his handling of Israel's counter offensive against the Arabs.

    The Armed Forces were put on full alert along the ceasefire lines and Police were on standby to guard against possible incidents at voting centres. Ballot boxes were taken to the front lines and soldiers had three days to cast their votes.

    The elections were postponed from the end of October because of the October War against the Arabs. The war, and the subsequent Arab cutback in oil production, were considered to have changed the focus of the election issues, with national security taking priority over domestic issues.

    Israel's two million voters cast their ballots for a new Knesset and local government councils. The final results were not expected to be known for some days.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAY0GA3SHU5K4EHZ592DURSOU9
    Media URN:
    VLVAY0GA3SHU5K4EHZ592DURSOU9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/12/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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