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Many Candidates Crossed Out in Iceland’s Elections

The number of candidates crossed out on ballots during the elections on Saturday is in the thousands in each of the three capital region constituencies and the South Iceland constituency and could therefore influence the listing of candidates.

Inside Iceland’s Althingi parliament. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

“According to our calculations, Árni Johnsen will drop down one seat, but it is in the hands of the national election authority to make a final decision in that matter,” Karl Gauti Hjaltason, head of the election authority for the South Iceland Constituency, told Fréttabladid.

Johnsen is an MP for the Independence Party. If 20 percent of Independence Party voters in each constituency cross out the name of a candidate, that candidate will drop down one seat on the ballot.

However, in the case of Johnsen, he would still have a seat in parliament since the Independence Party earned three seats in the South Iceland constituency.

Another unpopular candidate was former Minister for Business Affairs Björgvin G. Sigurdsson who ran for the Social Democratic Alliance.

According to Hjaltason, approximately eight percent of the party’s voters in the South Iceland Constituency crossed out Sigurdsson’s name. However, that will not suffice to influence his position.

Sveinn Sveinsson, chairman of the senior election authority for the South Reykjavík Constituency, said “there is an unusually high number of cross-outs,” in his constituency, adding, “there appears to be a similar number of cross-outs in the three largest parties,” referring to the Social Democrats, the Independence Party and the Left-Greens.

Sveinsson’s counterpart in the North Reykjavík Constituency, Erla Svanhvít Árnadóttir, said the same applies to her constituency—14 percent of ballots included cross-outs. “The most cross-outs are with the Social Democrats and the second most with the Independence Party.”

In the third capital region constituency, the Southwest Constituency, thousands of ballots also included cross-outs, according to Jónas Thór Gudmundsson, the chairman of the senior election authority for Southwest Iceland, primarily with the Social Democrats and the Left-Greens.

It will be concluded today whether these cross-outs influence the outcome of the elections.

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