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Ex-National Electoral Chair: Elections Not Invalid

By Iceland Review

Ástrádur Haraldsson, former chairman of the National Electoral Commission, is critical of the Supreme Court’s decision to invalidate the Constitutional Assembly election of November 2010, reasoning that the faults in the election procedure did not impact the outcome of the voting.


The advance polling station at Laugardalshöll in Reykjavík. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

The National Electoral Commission resigned on Friday because of the Supreme Court’s ruling, Fréttabladid reports.

“I am of the opinion that it was clearly revealed in all pleadings and in fact also in the verdict that there is no incident indicating that the faultiness of the election procedures influenced the outcome,” Haraldsson said on RÚV’s news magazine Kastljós.

Haraldsson maintained that it is a general regulation in election laws that if faulty election procedures aren’t of the nature that they affected the outcome, the election shouldn’t be invalidated.

Minister of Internal Affairs Ögmundur Jónasson said at parliament yesterday that the decisions on the next step must be taken by the parliament. It is important to ensure a wide-reaching solidarity on the matter’s progress.

“I find it very important that we follow the Supreme Court’s verdict, not only in form but also in spirit,” Jónasson said in response to a question from Social Democrat MP Helgi Hjörvar.

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