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Election Results Delayed in Iceland

The results of the Constitutional Assembly election on Saturday were not announced yesterday because counting faulty ballots took longer than anticipated. The results are not expected until later today or tomorrow.


Laugardalshöll in Reykjavík where the counting takes place. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

Approximately 10,000 of the 83,000 ballots received had to be reviewed because they weren’t accepted by the scanners. The work continued into the night, as Ástrádur Haraldsson, chairman of the National Returning Board, told Fréttabladid.

“These are ballots that we suspect might be invalid in part or in whole,” Haraldsson said. “If there is a gap between the entries or they were written unclearly, the ballot must be reviewed.”

According to Morgunbladid, the scanners reject some of the ballots because they were filled out on a rough surface inside the polling booths.

Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir told Fréttabladid that the lax turnout does not diminish the significance of the Constitutional Assembly.

“I would of course have welcomed a greater participation than turned out to be the case, but that doesn’t change the fact that more than 80,000 people used their democratic right to vote to the Constitutional Assembly which in my mind is a remarkable experiment to relocate the power to the people to influence changes to the constitution,” the PM stated.

“The parliament has been unable to do so except to a limited extent in the past few decades in spite of recurrent attempts,” she added.

In response to the question on whether the turnout of 36 percent will influence the assembly’s authority, Sigurdardóttir said, “I believe the assembly has a large part in democratic reforms that have been noticed abroad.”

“I wish those who get elected to the assembly the best of luck,” she concluded.

Click here to read more about the Constitutional Assembly election.

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