From Iceland — A Close Race For City Elections?

A Close Race For City Elections?

Published January 27, 2014

Andie Sophia Fontaine
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The top three parties running for Reykjavík city council this year are within a few points of each other, just months before elections will be held.
According to a poll conducted by the Social Sciences Department of the University of Iceland, MBL reports, Bright Future – formerly the sister party of the Best Party, which left city politics with Mayor Jón Gnarr’s announcement that he will not run again – is currently polling the strongest, with 29.3% saying they would vote for the party if elections were held today.
However, two parties are following close on their heels: the Independence Party, at 25%, and the Best Party’s partner in the ruling coalition, the Social Democrats, at 21.8%
The only other two parties currently polling well enough to get a seat on city council are the Pirate Party, with 10.5%, and the Left-Greens, at 8.2%
At these numbers, the current arrangement on the 15-seat city council would have Bright Future winning five seats; the Independence Party and the Social Democrats, four seats each; and the Pirates and Left-Greens each winning a seat.
Municipal elections are to be held this spring. Although an exact date has not yet been decided, last term’s took place on 29 May 2010.

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