Presidential election: the final result

29.06.2020 - 14:51
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 Mynd: Hjalti Haraldsson - RÚV
As expected, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson secured a massive victory in this Saturday’s election to serve a second four-year term as President of the Republic of Iceland. The final result was 92.2 percent for the incumbent Bessastaðir resident and 7.8 percent for his challenger, Guðmundur Franklín Jónsson.

66.9 percent of registered voters took part in the election, including a record number who voted early through dsitrict commissioners’ offices, embassies and consulates, and at the polling station at Smáralind in Kópavogur.  

Overall, Guðmundur Franklín received 12,797 votes, Guðni Th. Received 150,913 votes, there were 4,043 blank ballots (usually interpreted as protest votes in Icelandic politics), and 1,086 spoilt or otherwise invalid ballots. 

After (fairly lowkey) outcry on Friday that people in COVID-19 quarantine would not be able to vote, despite it being a constitutional right, a polling facility was set up at short notice, allowing them to drive their cars into a tent and tell a representative of the capital region district commissioner who they wanted to vote for, through a closed car window. The representative then marked the ballot and showed it to voters through their window for confirmation before inserting into the ballot box on their behalf. 

89 people voted in this manner; or roughly one third of the eligible voters currently in home quarantine. 

Guðni’s 92.2 percent is the second-biggest victory in an Icelandic election to date, beaten only in 1988 when Vigdís Finnbogadóttir became the first ever sitting president to face opposition for re-election. 

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