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Parliament to Vote on a Possible Revote on Thursday

By Ragnar Tómas

Alþingi Icelandic parliament

Parliament will vote on the validity of the recount in the northwest constituency on Thursday, reports. The Credentials Committee will convene again today to finalize its report.

An awkward reshuffling of seats

On Sunday, September 26, Iceland briefly celebrated a female-majority parliament – before a recount redistributed five of the parliament’s 63 seats and thereby invalidated what would also have been a landmark election in Europe.

After the recount, several candidates filed charges against election proceedings in the northwest constituency on the basis that the election supervision committee had failed to seal the votes after it had completed the initial count. Furthermore, the plaintiffs complained that the committee had left the ballots unattended at Hotel Borgarnes after election staff went home. Subsequently, a special committee was established to draw up a report on the controversy and to

The Credentials Committee to make two proposals

Following weeks of discussions and a field trip to Hotel Borgarnes, the Credentials Committee convened yesterday to finalize its report. The committee did not manage to finish the report, however, and will be meeting again today. Parliament will vote on the issue on Thursday.

Two proposals will be submitted, according to Birgir Ármansson, the committee’s chairman, who in an interview with yesterday, refused to comment on the exact nature of the proposals. As noted by, at least three options are possible: a second vote in the constituency, a confirmation of the recount, or a third count.

Birgir added that each parliamentarian must decide whether or not to take a stance on the possibility of a second vote in the northwest constituency. According to parliamentary law, Birgir observed, all of the 63 parliamentarians who have received an election certificate (i.e. kjörbréf) will be eligible to vote. Given the obvious conflict of interest, however, not everyone agrees whether the five parliamentarians who gained seats following the recount should participate in the vote on Thursday.

One candidate, who lost his seat following the recount – and who subsequently filed a legal complaint against the recount – has stated that he will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights if the second count is made to stand.

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