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Poor Turnout in Constitutional Assembly Election

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Poor Turnout in Constitutional Assembly Election

The turnout in the Constitutional Assembly election in Iceland yesterday was very poor by Icelandic standards. The final statistics won’t be clear until later but it is estimated that the turnout was around 40 percent in Reykjavík and lower in other parts of the country.

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From an advance polling station in Reykjavík. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

In the Icesave referendum in March, approximately 63 percent of voters went to the polls, which was a low percentage compared to the usual turnout at parliamentary elections of over 80 percent. In the 2009 parliamentary election, the turnout was 85 percent.

The last polling stations closed at 10 pm last night and counting won’t begin until 9 in the morning. According to the Constitutional Assembly website, results could be announced sooner than expected, possibly tonight, November 28.

Click here to read more about the election and the Constitutional Assembly.

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