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Iceland Constitution Draft to Go Before Venice Commission

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Iceland Constitution Draft to Go Before Venice Commission

The Constitutional and Supervisory Committee of Alþingi, the Icelandic Parliament, is working on having the Venice Commission to review the bill on a new Constitution for Iceland, to obtain an overall estimation before it is discussed in parliament.

althingi-parliament_ipaInside Alþingi. Photo copyright Icelandic Photo Agency.

Valgerður Bjarnadóttir, the committee’s chair, told Fréttablaðið that a request to that regard is being prepared so that the Venice Commission can review the bill.

“Then we will obtain the overall estimation people are calling for. What impact it will have on the country’s institutions and so forth. The election system must be looked into and they have specialists for that too,” Valgerður added.

A group of specialists that reviewed the legal aspects of the bill pointed out that such an estimation was necessary.

Ólöf Nordal, who represents the opposition’s Independence Party on the Constitutional and Supervisory Committee, said it would have been unacceptable had the estimation not been carried out before the bill had been discussed at parliament.

According to Valgerður, the Venice Commission will be able to process the matter within the necessary time frame.

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