Færslur: Election 2021

Parties need to agree on the big issues
Eiríkur Bergmann, professor of political sciences, says political parties could be having a harder time finding compromises in coalition negotiations after the 25th September Alþingi election than they did four years ago. Big issues cannot be put to one side for another four years.
25.10.2021 - 15:57
Northwest voting uncertainty rumbles on
The inaccuracies in vote counting in Northwest Iceland following the 25th September Alþingi election, the recount the following day, and the time between the counts during which ballots were left unattended and unsealed, continue to generate headlines and the final outcome remains unclear. Here is a summary of recent developments:
21.10.2021 - 10:23
Election 2021
Election investigation committee starts work
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.
12.10.2021 - 10:13
The Week in Iceland, 11 October 2021
The weekly news programme from RÚV English: an entertaining look at what's been going on in Iceland over the past seven days.
11.10.2021 - 12:22
Election 2021
Nine MPs prepare opinion on election validity
Nine MPs have been nominated to make up the preparatory committee that will investigate complaints about the execution of the 25th September Alþingi election.
04.10.2021 - 10:36
Election 2021
Vote count mistakes mapped out
Ingi Tryggvason, chairman of the Northwest Iceland election supervision committee, wrote in his report to the national electoral commission that he regrets the mistakes that were made in the count and believes that the recount served to rectify the mistakes and that the outcome is correct.
30.09.2021 - 11:23
Election 2021
No green light for northwest vote count
Kristín Edwald, leader of the national parliamentary elections committee, announced at the end of the committee’s meeting last night that no confirmation has been received from the Northwest Iceland election supervision committee that the handling of ballots and sensitive voting materials was in total accordance with the law. The national committee therefore passes the case to Alþingi, which, according to the constitution, must approve or reject the outcome of Alþingi elections.
29.09.2021 - 10:33
Election 2021
No change in second recount
The recount of all votes in the South Iceland constituency ended just before midnight and the result from Saturday night’s first count was found to be correct. The allocation of vote share and parliamentary seats in the South therefore does not change.
28.09.2021 - 10:43
Election 2021
South Iceland announces vote recount
The election supervision committee in the South Iceland constituency decided today to recount all votes from this Saturday’s Alþingi election. The news follows a recount in the Northwest yesterday that uncovered a small miscount that led to major nationwide changes in the allocation of equalisation seats.
27.09.2021 - 15:32
The Week in Iceland, 27 September 2021
The weekly news programme from RÚV English: an entertaining look at what's been going on in Iceland over the past seven days.
27.09.2021 - 12:33
Election 2021
Women lose majority in Alþingi after recount
The recount of votes in Northwest Iceland has revealed a small miscount of votes that has a major impact on the allocation of the nine equalisation seats around the country, and means that Iceland is not the first European country with a female majority in parliament after all. The recount was called because there were so few votes separating the parties vying for the constituency’s one equalisation seat. The miscount and subsequent change then had a knock-on effect on the rest of the country.
26.09.2021 - 19:08
Election 2021
Katrín to lead female majority Alþingi?
[UPDATED. The headline is no longer valid. More details at end of article.] Iceland now has Europe’s first-ever female majority in parliament following yesterday’s election. 33 of the seats in Alþingi are now occupied by women, and 30 by men. Only Kuwait and Cuba have more female representation in parliament. In other news, Katrín Jakobsdóttir is in a strong position to remain prime minister despite losing votes, according to one prominent political scientist.
26.09.2021 - 16:36
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The final election result
[UPDATED] The final outcome of yesterday’s Alþingi election is now clear, following final figures from the northeast and southwest constituencies. The three parties in the last government boost their majority in parliament and hold 37 of 63 seats.
26.09.2021 - 10:19
Election 2021
Progressive Party big winners with counting nearly over
Four out of six constituencies have announced their final vote counting results. The remaining two have announced several rounds of results and will confirm their final tallies soon. The outcome is a clear majority for the sitting government, and major gains for Framsóknarflokkurinn (the Progressive Party).
26.09.2021 - 09:20
Election 2021
"Could be a long night"
Political psychologist Hulda Þórisdóttir spoke to RÚV English about the surprises of the evening so far and what it could all mean for the next four years.
26.09.2021 - 02:55
Election 2021
Reform Party disappointed despite growth
Þorbjörg Sigríður Gunnlaugsdóttir, lead candidate for Viðreisn (the Reform Party) in Reykjavík North, says her party is performing worse than hoped for in early results, but that it is at least good to see the vote share go up slightly.
26.09.2021 - 01:40
Election 2021
A great night for Progressives so far
With early results now in from all constituencies, the government looks set to hold its majority, though the numbers could still change. Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn (the Independence Party) and Framsókarflokkurinn (the Progressive Party) are both doing very well, and Flokkur fólksins (the People's Party) is the surprise of the evening so far.
26.09.2021 - 01:17
Election 2021
"Left Greens open to work with anyone, if nation wants"
RÚV English election night coverage begins in central Reykjavík as the polls close. Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, lead candidate for Vinstri grænir (the Left Greens) in southwest Iceland is excited for the count and optimistic for the future.
25.09.2021 - 23:38
Election 2021
Final leaders’ debate: the hard questions
Last night saw the second and final live debate between the leaders of all ten parties in the running nationwide in today’s Alþingi election. The two-hour debate covered a lot of ground and was heated at times. Here, we cover highlights from the start and the end of the debate.
25.09.2021 - 13:20
Election 2021
Today is election day
Polling stations across Iceland opened at 09.00 this morning and most will stay open until 22.00 tonight. RÚV English election night coverage will follow.
25.09.2021 - 11:37
Election 2021
Covid umbrella protects voter secrecy
Iceland goes to the polls tomorrow, Saturday, and early voting has been underway since August. Voters in COVID-19 isolation or quarantine are able to vote from inside their cars. A large group outbreak in the eastern town of Reyðarfjörður meant an extra drive-through polling station was set up at short notice. Voter secrecy is assured...thanks to an umbrella that has had a sheet tied to it with string.
24.09.2021 - 14:54
Election 2021
People are more excited for this election than the last
The latest Gallup Pulse of the Nation poll reveals that a significant majority of people in Iceland would rather vote for individual candidates than party lists (63 percent versus 37 percent), and also that people are generally more excited by tomorrow’s election than they were four years ago when the nation last voted for members of Alþingi.
24.09.2021 - 12:03
Election 2021
Politicians answer yes or no on healthcare
In the third round of Já eða Nei (Yes or No), comedian Jakob Birgisson asks his panel of politicians about health, with the mute button firmly pressed, and armed only with paddles marked yes and no. When it comes to health, the parties all think they've got it sorted, it seems.
24.09.2021 - 10:46
Election 2021
Politicians answer yes or no on economy
In the second round of Já eða Nei (Yes or No), comedian Jakob Birgisson asks his panel of politicians about the economy, with the mute button firmly pressed, and armed only with paddles marked yes and no.
23.09.2021 - 13:54
Election 2021
Politicians forced to answer yes/no questions
Politicians are sometimes known for their colourful answers to simple questions. It can sometimes be hard to force them to commit to a solid yes or no answer. For that reason, comedian and self-confessed politics nerd Jakob Birgisson handed political leaders paddles marked ‘yes’ and ‘no’, and then clicked the mute button.
22.09.2021 - 11:46