Election investigation committee starts work

12.10.2021 - 10:13
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The preparatory committee investigating the issue of parliamentary credentials following several formal complaints challenging the vote count and recount in the Northwest Iceland constituency held an open meeting yesterday. The committee of MPs exists to prepare and pave the way for the final committee which will declare whether parliamentary credentials issued by the electoral commission are valid or not.

Following most national elections, this process is a mere formality and garners little media attention. This time, the situation is more complicated.

Associate professor of law at the University of Iceland, Hafsteinn Þór Hauksson, spoke at the committee's first meeting yesterday.

Committee chair Birgir Ármannson told Morgunblaðið yesterday it is hard to say how long the committee will take to complete its work. It has already scheduled meetings for tomorrow and Friday.

A remark from the national electoral commission that votes in the Northwest were extremely close between two parties led the constituency elections committee to unilaterally call a recount which led to a changed result that caused the reallocation of equalisation seats on the national level. Ballots were kept in a locked room between the two counts, but they were left unattended and the room was not formally sealed as electoral law requires.

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