Bright Future and the Independence Party are set to secure an equal number of councilors on the City Council at the upcoming Reykjavík municipal elections in March 2014, according to a new poll carried out by the University of Iceland’s Social Science Research Institute for daily Morgunblaðið. The Independence Party is set to hold its five seats while Bright Future would lose one of its six.
Reykjavík City Hall. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
As was reported recently, Reykjavík Mayor Jón Gnarr will quit at the end of the current term and his Best Party discontinued with members integrated into Bright Future. These developments were factored into the results.
Support for the main parties is as follows:
Bright Future: 29.4 percent (down from 34.7 percent at the 2010 elections)
Independence Party: 26.6 percent (down from 33.6 percent)
Social Democrats: 17.6 percent (down from 19.1 percent)
Pirate Party: 10.1 percent (party was established in 2012)
Left-Greens: 9 percent (down from 7.1 percent)
Progressive Party: 2.3 percent (down from 2.7 percent)
The results indicate that the Pirate Party would secure one seat, while the Social Democrats will hold on to its three seats; the Progressive Party will remain without a representative.