Close to 18 percent of those who voted for the Progressive Party in Iceland’s northeast electoral district crossed out the name of former PM and former party chairman Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson in Saturday’s parliamentary election, RÚV reports. The information was provided by the election committee.
The Progressive Party received 4,542 votes in the district. Voters who crossed out Sigmundur’s name were 817. That did not affect his ranking, however, since at least 20 percent of those who vote for a particular party must cross out a candidate’s name for him or her to be moved down one seat on the ballot.
Sigmundur was at the top of the ballot for the Progressive Party, but since his district got two MPs elected to parliament, moving down a spot would not have prevented his election as MP.