Constitutional Assembly Elected - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Constitutional Assembly Elected

Published November 30, 2010

The final results of the constitutional assembly – an unaffiliated group of citizens all campaigning to re-write Iceland’s constitution – are in.
Out of just over 500 possible candidates from around the country, 25 were chosen by a record-low 37% of all possible voters last Saturday. The new assembly will be comprised of the following people:
Andres Magnússon
Ari Teitsson
Arnfríður Guðmundsdóttir
Ástrós Gunnlaugsdóttir
Dögg Harðardóttir
Eiríkur Bergmann
Erlingur Sigurðarson
Freyja Haraldsdóttir
Gísli Tryggvason
Guðmundur Gunnarsson
Illugi Jökulsson
Inga Lind Karlsdóttir
Katrín Fjelsted
Katrín Oddsdóttir
Lýður Árnason
Ómar Ragnarsson
Pawel Bartoszek
Pétur Gunnlaugson
Salvör Nordal
Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir
Vilhjálmur Þorsteinsson
Þorkell Helgason
Þorvaldur Gylfason
Þórhildur Þorleifsdóttir
Örn Bárður Jónsson
It should be noted that of these 25, many are well-known Icelandic public figures, including opinion columnists, political scientists, and journalists. There are also only 10 women. RÚV has furthermore pointed out that only three of these people are from outside the capital area, despite the fact that this is where about half the country lives.
This group will compile a list of changes that they would like to see done to the constitution, and submit them to a parliamentary committee. This committee will then draft a new constitution, some time next year.

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