An Israeli investigating committee on Tuesday declared 45,000 applications to join the Labor Party invalid on the grounds of fraud.

In a press conference at Labor’s headquarters in Tel Aviv, the party announced that the committee, headed by Judge Sarah Freesh, had checked all of the 91,000 new application forms and decided to cancel 49 percent of them, or 45,000 forms, due to fraud with the application forms.

Several cases of ‘dual registration’ were found, and members of the Labor Party were also registered as members of Likud, Meretz, or the National Religious Party.

Etan Kabil, the secretary general of the party, told Maariv newspaper that the process of recruitment and application to the party should be amended.