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Mayor of Hafnarfjördur: “Smelter election binding”

Mayor of Hafnarfjördur Lúdvík Geirsson said he was surprised that Minister of Trade and Industry Jón Sigurdsson had said the smelter enlargement election in Hafnarfjördur was not binding.

“It is surprising that the minister […] does not know more than this about the laws of local authorities,” Geirsson told Fréttabladid in response to Sigurdsson’s comments about the election not having legal value.

Geirsson quoted the 104th article of the local authorities’ laws regarding inhabitant election. “It says that local authorities have to decide at the beginning whether the election should be binding or not.”

The mayor added that everyone had agreed the election would be binding and as it was executed in accordance with the law, the decision about not enlarging the smelter in Straumsvík by Hafnarfjördur would stand.

Haraldur Ólafsson, Chairman of the Hafnarfjördur Independence Party, agreed with the mayor and said it had been decided to respect the outcome of the inhabitant election.

Click here to read about last weekend’s smelter election in Hafnarfjördur.

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