The elections for a new bishop of Iceland will have to be conducted again, as the ballot envelopes were apparently transparent.
As reported, current Bishop of Iceland Karl Sigurbjörnsson announced last November that he would not run again for bishop, and that elections for a new one would be held early. With Karl leaving, a new bishop must be chosen, and this means elections. The general public does not get to choose the new bishop, however – priests and theologists can all run for the office of bishop, but only other priests, theologists, and related church officials have the right to vote for one.
Voting was conducted almost two weeks ago, but DV now reports that these elections have been ruled invalid, because the envelopes containing completed ballots were transparent.
As such, new ballots will be sent to voters, along with new envelopes. The new ballots will be of a different colour than the old ones, and only the new ones will be counted towards the election.
Once these ballots are completed, results as to who the new bishop will be should be made available shortly thereafter.
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