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Photo: Art Bicnick. Bessastaðir.

Icelanders Head to the Polls

Icelanders will vote for a new President today. Polling places have opened and will remain open until 10 PM tonight in larger municipalities. Nearly 270,000 people are eligible to vote and must bring personal identification, such as a passport or driver’s license, to receive their ballot.

Two frontrunners, new poll suggests

Former Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir and businesswoman Halla Tómasdóttir are neck and neck according to the latest poll. Halla has surged in recent weeks and is polling at 24% according to a Gallup poll, RÚV reports. Katrín is polling at just under 26%, a statistically insignificant lead, the pollster noted.

The election takes place in one round, so the new President could be elected with only around a quarter of the total vote. Halla Hrund Logadóttir is polling third with 19%, Baldur Þórhallsson fourth with just under 15%, and Jón Gnarr fifth with 8%. A total of 12 candidates are in the running.

New term begins in August

Outgoing President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson announced on 1 January that he would not seek reelection after serving two terms in office. He will serve until 1 August, when the newly elected President assumes the office. The President has limited political powers, but carries out ceremonial duties and is seen as having significant influence in Icelandic society.

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