ElectionGudie

Jan. 28, 2003 Held

3,200,773
Voted
Israel

State of Israel

Election for Knesset (Israeli Knesset)

Results

67%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:3,200,773
Valid Votes:3,148,364
Invalid Votes:52,409

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Likud Party 38 - 925,279

29.39%

Labor Party 19 - 455,183

14.46%

Shinui Party 15 - 386,535

12.28%

Shas 11 - 258,879

8.22%

National Union 7 - 173,973

5.52%

Meretz 6 - 164,122

5.21%

United Torah Judaism 5 - - 135,087

4.29%

National Religious Party 6 - 132,370

4.20%

Others - - 128,740

4.09%

Hadash 3 - 93,819

2.98%

Am Ehad 3 - 86,808

2.76%

National Democratic Assembly (Balad) 3 - 71,299

2.26%

Yisrael Ba’aliyah 2 - 67,719

2.15%

United Arab List 2 - 65,551

2.08%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 120 seats in the Knesset

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Moshe KATZAV *
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Ariel SHARON
  • Assembly: Israel has a unicameral Knesset with 120 seats.

* The president in Israel is largely a ceremonial role and is elected by the Knesset.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by parliament to serve a 7-year term.
  • The Prime Minister is designated by the president to serve a 4-year term.**
  • In the Knesset 120 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.***

** After parliamentary elections, the president will usually select a prime minister that he/she feels has the best possibility of forming a new government.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: Likud Party
    • Leader: Ariel SHARON
    • Seats won in this election: 38
    • Seats won in last election: 19
  • Party: Labor Party**
    • Leader: Amram MITZNA
    • Seats won in this election: 19
    • Seats won in last election: 25
  • Party: Shinui Party
    • Leader: Tommy LAPID
    • Seats won in this election: 15
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: Shas
    • Leader: Eliyahu YISHAI
    • Seats won in this election: 11
    • Seats won in last election: 17
  • Party: National Union
    • Leader: Benyamin ELON
    • Seats won in this election: 7
    • Seats won in last election: 3
  • Party: Meretz
    • Leader: Yossi SARID
    • Seats won in this election: 6
    • Seats won in last election: 10
  • Party: National Religious Party
    • Leader: Yitzhak LEVY
    • Seats won in this election: 6
    • Seats won in last election: 5
  • Party: United Torah Judaism
    • Leader: Meir PORUSH
    • Seats won in this election: 5
    • Seats won in last election: 5
  • Party: Hadash
    • Leader: Muhammad BARAKA
    • Seats won in this election: 3
    • Seats won in last election: 3
  • Party: Am Ehad
    • Leader: Amir PERETZ
    • Seats won in this election: 3
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: National Democratic Assembly (Balad)
    • Leader: Azmi BISHARA
    • Seats won in this election: 3
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: Yisrael BaAliyah
    • Leader: Natan SHARANSKY
    • Seats won in this election: 2
    • Seats won in last election: 6
  • Party: United Arab List
    • Leader: Abdulmalik DEHAMSHE
    • Seats won in this election: 2
    • Seats won in last election: 5

Population and Voter Registration:

  • Population: 6,689,700 (2003)
  • Registered Voters: 4,720,074 (2003)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 3,390,836 (2003)

·         Is Israel a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)

·         Has Israel ratified CEDAW: Yes (3 October 1991)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 18 (following the 2003 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 18 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Ireland a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Ireland ratified CRPD: Yes (28 September 2012)

·         Population with a disability: 1,003,455 (est.)