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Iceland One Constituency in Upcoming Election

The country will be one constituency and so the weight of votes will be equal in the constitutional parliament (stjórnlagathing) election on November 27. The parliament is to review and propose amendments to the Constitution of Iceland.

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The Althingi parliament. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

Votes from all around the country will be counted in Reykjavík on behalf of the National Electoral Commission and the results will be published for the country as a whole, as stated in a press release issued by the Ministry of Justice last week.

The constitutional parliament is to have at least 25 and no more than 31 nationally and personally elected individuals. The parliament is to convene no later than February 15, 2011.

Candidates have until October 18 to enlist and their names will be made public by November 3. They are to hand in recommendations of 30 to 50 individuals, each of which has to be certified by two witnesses.

The same rules apply as in parliamentary elections, except MPs, substitute MPs, ministers, the President of Iceland and those who have seats on committees preparing the constitutional parliament cannot run as candidates.

The necessary forms are available on landskjor.is and kosning.is.

On November 6-7 a national assembly on the Constitution will be held, where 1,000 randomly chosen members of the public will convene, Morgunbladid reports.

The assembly’s purpose is to call for the nation’s main views and goals regarding the country’s administration, which the constitutional parliament will take into consideration in its work.

Click here to read more about the constitutional parliament.

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