The counting of votes in Saturday’s national referendum on the draft Constitution of the Constitutional Council was completed late yesterday evening. The majority of voters said ‘yes’ to all six questions on the ballot. Turnout was 48.9 percent.
Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
The final results are as follows:
1. Do you wish the Constitution Council’s proposals to form the basis of a new draft Constitution?
2. In the new Constitution, do you want natural resources that are not privately owned to be declared national property?
3. Would you like to see provisions in the new Constitution on an established (national) church in Iceland?
4. Would you like to see a provision in the new Constitution authorizing the election of particular individuals to the Alþingi more than is the case at present?
5. Would you like to see a provision in the new Constitution giving equal weight to votes cast in all parts of the country?
6. Would you like to see a provision in the new Constitution stating that a certain proportion of the electorate is able to demand that issues be put to a referendum?
In all questions but one did voters follow the recommendations of the Constitutional Council: in question number 3 on the national church. The Constitutional Council had not included a provision on an established church in their draft for a new Constitution.
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