The three individuals, two voters and one candidate, who filed a lawsuit over the Constitutional Assembly election on November 27, 2010, on the basis of some aspects of its execution being in violation of the law, said they are satisfied with yesterday’s ruling.
Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.
“I believe [this conclusion] is a natural consequence of the [election’s] execution,” commented one of the claimants, Ódinn Sigthórsson, farmer at Einarsnes by Borgarnes, west Iceland, to Fréttabladid.
“It is of course an absolute basic requirement that when people intend to review the constitution that it is conducted in such a manner that there is no doubt that laws are being complied with,” he added.
Sigthórsson is chairman of the Federation of Icelandic River Owners and vice-chair of the National Association of Landowners in Iceland.
Another claimant, Thorgrímur S. Thorgrímsson, a mechanic and metal turner from Neskaupstadur, east Iceland, wouldn’t comment on the verdict other than saying that he is satisfied with it. He is on the board of the Nordfjördur Independence Party.
The third claimant, Skafti Hardarson, operational manager at the hardware store Húsasmidjan and a candidate for the Constitutional Assembly, declared:
“On behalf of Icelandic tax payers it is a sad day. I ran to point out that [the assembly] was unnecessary and didn’t have anything to do with the banking collapse.”
He wants to cancel the Constitutional Assembly even though time and money have been spent on its preparation instead of continuing as if nothing has happened. The assembly is estimated to cost around ISK 500 million (USD 4.3 million, EUR 3.1 million).
“There are no arguments for violating laws so that money can be saved. That would be the most ridiculous argument for fascism that I have ever heard,” Hardarson concluded.
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