Disputed vote counting: The aftermath of the parliament elections

You may have noticed that people are still talking about the recent elections in Iceland. None the least because of a disputed recount of votes in the Northwest constituency. The cause being due to how the election system works in Iceland, the recount caused a chain reaction of changes related to how the 9 balancing seats in parliament were dealt out.


The legality of the Northwest constituency recount has been challenged formally as ballots were not sealed after votes had been counted initially. This is the first time such uncertainty regarding election results has come up and there are many stories accessible in the media.


This story by RÚV (the national broadcaster) maps out the mistakes that were apparently made.


RÚV has a news feed in English specifically about the elections as well as general news in English and Polish:


News about the 2021 parliament election in English

General news in English

General news in Polish

News about the 2021 parliament election in Icelandic

General news in Icelandic



Useful election and democracy related links


MCC’s 2021 parliamentary election information site

Rights and obligations of citizens in a democracy

Website of Alþingi (the Icelandic parliament) in english

Constitution of the Republic of Iceland

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