A total of sixteen parties met yesterday’s deadline to hand in their official list of candidates for this month’s Reykjavík municipal elections, although one candidate was stricken from the list for not fulfilling the key requirement of living in the city itself.
Vísir reports that these parties include those currently sitting on City Council in Reykjavík, outnumbered by familiar parties in Parliament, perennial outsiders, and even some parties created expressly for the city elections. The parties officially running for Reykjavík City Hall this year are:
B-list: the Social Democrats
V-list: the Left-Greens
D-list: the Independence Party
P-list: the Pirate Party
B-list: the Progressive Party
C-list: the Reform Party
F-list: the People’s Party
M-list: the Centre Party
R-list: the People’s Front of Iceland
J-list: the Socialist Party
Þ-list: the Freedom Party
E-list: the Icelandic National Front
H-list: the Capital City List
K-list: the Women’s Movement
Y-list: the Men’s Movement
O-list: Our City – Reykjavík
While all of these parties met the requirements for the race by the deadline, one candidate needed to be removed from the Icelandic National Front, as it turned out he had legal residence in Sweden – ironic considering this party’s decidedly nationalist and anti-immigrant platform.
In addition, there are many more immigrants running for City Council this year than in years previous and, as a reminder: you do not have to be a citizen to vote in municipal elections.
Voting day for city elections is on May 26.