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Fewer voted than in 2003 and fewer women voted as MPs

It appears as if fewer voters participated in the general elections on Saturday than four years ago. After the elections it was revealed that the number of female MPs in Iceland’s parliament was reduced by three.

At 9 pm on Saturday 70.2 percent of eligible voters had voted in the constituency of south Reykjavík, compared to 76.1 percent at the same time in 2003, Fréttabladid reports.

In the constituency of north Reykjavík, 67 percent had voted at 10 pm on Saturday, while 76.3 percent had voted at 10 pm on the election day four years earlier.

Fewer women were elected MPs after the elections on Saturday than had a seat in parliament before the elections.

In 2003, 19 women received a seat in parliament, but their number increased by four during the election period.

Currently, about one-third of MPs in Iceland are women; 20 women received a seat in parliament after the elections on Saturday and 43 men.

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