After the constitutional assembly election was ruled invalid many have asked who is responsible. The election board, led by solicitor Ástrádur Haraldsson, met last night to discuss the situation. After the meeting Haraldsson told visir.is: “We discussed the verdict and some formalities that the election board must go over concerning the election. We took no decisions, except that the board will not publicly discuss the verdict of the Icelandic Supreme Court.”
Supreme Court House. Photo: Páll Kjartansson
Haraldsson told Morgunbladid: “Of course we discussed the ideas that some people have put forward on [resigning] but we took no decisions on that score.” He went on to explain that the board had discussed the question of annulling the electoral credentials of the 25 chosen to the assembly.
On Tuesday Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir said that it was important that the Speaker’s committee of Althingi [Iceland’s Parliament] meet with the election board and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Haraldsson said that he was not aware that any such meeting was planned:
“The election board is an apparatus that only oversees elections according to law. That’s all.”