Preparations for Tuesday`s presidential election at the Knesset plenum (11 am) have been completed at the Israeli parliament building. As part of the preparations, the Knesset also geared for unprecedented interest by the media in the election process. Dozens of journalists representing news outlets from Israel and the world are expected to gather at the Knesset early on Tuesday to cover the election. All of the major television and radio stations, as well as leading Internet news websites, set up news studios for a special day of live coverage beginning in the early hours of Tuesday morning until after the results are in.
Knesset Director-General Ronen Plot said, ”The Knesset has prepared intensely in all of its departments, to make certain that Election Day will go off without a hitch. We`ve prepared ourselves in every possible way so that the voting process and the media coverage of the presidential election will be executed in full transparency.”
Due to the election process, the Knesset committees will not convene on Tuesday and there are no other issues on the plenum`s agenda. Permanent entry passes to the Knesset are null and void, apart from those issued to ministers, Knesset members, Knesset employees, parliamentary aides, outsourcing employees and journalists. One-day passes are also null and void, and the entrance of visitors holding one-day passes will not be granted. Journalists holding such passes will be allowed entry.
Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein will open the special plenary session at exactly 11 am. A private and discreet voting booth will be placed in the plenum, where the Knesset members will cast their votes. After Speaker Edelstein opens the session, Knesset Secretary Yardena Meller-Horowitz will summon each MK, in alphabetical order, as is customary in secret ballots in the Knesset. Meller-Horowitz will hand each MK an envelope with which he/she will cast his/her vote. Following the first round of voting, the ballot box will be transferred to the Knesset Secretary`s office, where the votes will be tallied. Only members of the Election Committee, the legal counsel to the House Committee and Meller-Horowitz herself will be allowed into the office.
After the votes are counted, Knesset Speaker Edelstein will be presented with the results of the first round and he will announce them to the plenum. If one of the candidates wins a majority of at least 61 votes, the candidate will be declared the new president of the State of Israel. In the event that none of the candidates win 61 votes or more, the two candidates with the most votes will advance to the second round of the election. In the second round, the candidate who will gain the most votes will be declared president.