World Bulletin / News Desk
About 45.4 percent of eligible Israeli voters cast ballots within the first nine hours of Tuesday's Knesset elections, according to data released by the country's official electoral commission.
The data showed a 2.3-percent increase in voter turnout compared to the last poll two years ago.
In the 2013 election, only 11.4 percent of eligible voters had cast ballots as of 10am, although the figure had risen to 26 percent one hour later.
Israelis on Tuesday began flocking to polling stations across the self-proclaimed Jewish state to elect new Knesset members amid a dead heat between the incumbent Likud party and the center-left Zionist Union alliance.
Official election results will be announced on Thursday, according to the commission.Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Mart 2015, 17:45