The preparation committee for the upcoming Constitutional Council, which will be held instead of the invalidated Constitutional Assembly, has received a response from 24 of the 25 the individuals who were elected to the assembly on November 27, 2010, all of whom have decided to accept the offer to take a seat on the council.
From the Constitutional Assembly election. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.
The 25th elect, Inga Lind Karlsdóttir, has announced publicly that she does not wish to accept the offer. The committee will therefore ask the runner-up, Íris Lind Saemundsdóttir, whether she would like to take Karlsdóttir’s place, a press release explains.
According to Fréttabladid, it is uncertain whether she will accept the offer. Saemundsdóttir has until the end of tomorrow to make up her mind. If she rejects the offer, the committee will approach the person next in line.
The 24 elects who have accepted a seat on the council are as follows (in alphabetical order):
Andrés Magnússon, Ari Teitsson, Arnfrídur Gudmundsdóttir, Ástrós Gunnlaugsdóttir, Dögg Hardardóttir, Eiríkur Bergmann, Erlingur Sigurdarson, Freyja Haraldsdóttir, Gísli Tryggvason, Gudmundur Gunnarsson, Illugi Jökulsson, Katrín Fjelsted, Katrín Oddsdóttir, Lýdur Árnason, Ómar Ragnarsson, Pawel Bartoszek, Pétur Gunnlaugsson, Salvör Nordal, Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, Vilhjálmur Thorsteinsson, Thorkell Helgason, Thorvaldur Gylfason, Thórhildur Thorleifsdóttir and Örn Bárdur Jónsson.
It is assumed that the Constitutional Council will convene for the first time on April 6, 2011, at 2 pm in its facilities at Ofanleiti 2, Reykjavík.
The council’s purpose is to review the Constitution of Iceland and propose changes to it to the Icelandic parliament, Althingi.