Jóhann Kristjánsson, the campaign manager of the Pirate Party in Iceland, left his position yesterday, Vísir reports. Sigríður Bylgja Sigurjónsdóttir, the party’s managing director, stated the reason was disagreement about how the election campaign should be conducted.
“The grassroots have taken over and we have appointed an election board,” she explained. Jóhann confirmed Sigríður’s explanation: “There was some disagreement about the approach we wanted to take in this election campaign.”
Parliamentary elections will be held in Iceland October 29. A new MMR poll published yesterday shows the Pirate Party and the Independence Party with equal support, or 22.7 percent. They enjoy more support than any other political parties in Iceland.
On his Facebook page, Jóhann revealed that the party’s managing director and the executive board of the party had requested his resignation.
“I choose to use polls as a reference of the progress, and, of course, in the end, the result of the elections as a final yardstick of performance,” Jóhann commented.
He continued, “The largest setback we have faced is probably the MPs’ abstention in the vote on the agricultural agreement.”