The Histadrut labor federation’s election committee accepted the recommendations of a retired judge Wednesday and announced it will allow Labor MKs Amir Peretz and Eitan Cabel to run for the chairmanship of the organization, according to Ynet News.
The committee, however, stated that Cabel must await a decision by the district court regarding the viability of his candidacy, since he is not a paying member of the Histadrut. It also instructed the MK to complete and verify a list of 5,000 of his supporters within the organization.
Despite the announcement by the election committee, the Histadrut is expected to submit a complaint to the police regarding suspected fraud in the signature-collecting process.
In order to become a candidate, a Histadrut member must obtain 5,000 legitimate signatures from other members of the organization.
According to the election committee, outside monitors found widespread discrepancies — in the form of repeated signatures — on both Labor MKs’ lists, The Marker reported.
Cabel has previously announced that he would not run against Peretz.
A statement by Peretz’ office said that the belligerent maneuvers of current Histadrut chairman Ofer Eini, through his agents, to maintain a single-candidate election had failed.