The turnout at Saturday’s parliamentary elections was 85.1 percent, lower than in 2003 but higher than in 1999 and 2007 when the turnout had dropped to 83.6 percent and had never been lower in the history of the republic.
Inside Iceland’s Althingi parliament. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
Generally, turnout at elections has been decreasing in the past decades. Before 1950 and until the mid-1980s, the turnout was usually 90 percent or higher, Morgunbladid reports.
The turnout on Saturday, despite being higher than in the last parliamentary elections, is therefore lower than the 89 percent average since the Republic of Iceland was established in 1944 and the first parliamentary elections were held two years later.
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