Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed in his bid to legislate that cameras be installed in polling stations to prevent what his supporters claim is voting fraud in Arab districts.
A parliamentary committee voted it down Monday before it reached the plenum, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
Netanyahu sought to pass the legislation a week before elections.
He accused his opponents of conspiring to "steal" the election.
Netanyahu stressed that his proposal was just a matter of transparency, however, it drew renewed accusations that he was promoting racism and incitement against the country's Arab minority.
According to AP, Netanyahu routinely lashes out at the media, the judiciary, the police and his political opponents, claiming there is a conspiracy of "elites" to oust him.