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Supreme Court: Outcome of Presidential Election Stands

The Supreme Court of Iceland has rejected requests for a recall of the presidential election on June 30.

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The Supreme Court of Iceland. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Three voters with disabilities believed their rights were violated as they were not able to choose their own assistants to check the ballot but were forced to rely on the assistance of representatives of the returning board, Fréttablaðið reports.

Presidential candidate Ástþór Magnússon believed his rights were violated as his lists of referees were deemed invalid, forcing him to drop out of the race.

The Supreme Court concluded that the election process had indeed been faulty as some voters with disabilities were allowed to have their own assistants help them vote, whereas others were not.

However, according to the court’s verdict, this did not impact the outcome of the election.

The Supreme Court reasoned that the regulations on secret voting are intended to protect voters from possible influence from others, not least from the people they know.

Attorney Ragnar Aðalsteinsson, who represented the three claimants with disabilities, stated that when the election for the Constitutional Committee was deemed invalid, the Supreme Court did not comment on whether faults in the process had affected the outcome of the election.

However, in the Supreme Court’s verdict on this case, such reasoning is used, giving the public misleading information, Ragnar maintained.

Click here to read more about the outcome of the presidential election and here to read about the Supreme Court’s decision on the Constitutional Committee election.

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