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Advisory Referendum on Iceland Draft Constitution Tomorrow

The advisory referendum on whether Iceland should adopt the draft constitution prepared by the Constitutional Council will be held tomorrow. Around 11,000 people have already cast their votes in pre-election voting, reports.

sans_websiteFrom, the website of the Union for a New Constitution.

As reported yesterday, according to manager for pre-election voting in Reykjavík Bergþóra Sigmundsdóttir, preparation and organization of the referendum has run smoothly.

There are mixed views on the draft within Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament.

Prime Minister and Chair of the Social Democrats Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is encouraging people to vote in favor of the draft. Chair of the Independence party Bjarni Benediktsson and the party’s vice chair Ólöf Nordal, on the other hand, are calling for voters to reject it, reports.

The ballot includes six questions to which voters can either respond ‘yes’ or ‘no’:

1. Do you wish the Constitution Council’s proposals to form the basis of a new draft Constitution?

2. In the new Constitution, do you want natural resources that are not privately owned to be declared national property?

3. Would you like to see provisions in the new Constitution on an established (national) church in Iceland?

4. Would you like to see a provision in the new Constitution authorizing the election of particular individuals to the Alþingi more than is the case at present?

5. Would you like to see a provision in the new Constitution giving equal weight to votes cast in all parts of the country?

6. Would you like to see a provision in the new Constitution stating that a certain proportion of the electorate is able to demand that issues be put to a referendum?

The draft constitution was praised in an article published by three scholars who took part in collaborative research on constitutions in various countries earlier this week, describing it as “tremendously innovative and participatory.”

Canadian filmmakers who produced a documentary about the banking collapse and the events which followed, including the establishment of the Constitutional Council, have released the film for free online viewing.

On the filmmakers’ Vimeo page, it is stated that the documentary is “offered as a gift for the upcoming election.”

If adopted, the draft constitution would replace the existing constitution from 1944.

Click here to read more news about the referendum and here to read a Daily Life opinion piece on the matter.

Follow Iceland Review for coverage of the results of tomorrow’s referendum.


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