First Numbers From Reykjavik: Independence Party Overtakes Social Dems, Socialist Possibly In - The Reykjavik Grapevine

First Numbers From Reykjavik: Independence Party Overtakes Social Dems, Socialist Possibly In

Published May 26, 2018

Photos by
Natsha Nandabhiwat

With 90,135 on the voter registry, a voter turn-out of 59.1% at 22:00, and 9,235 votes counted so far, the results for the first round of ballots counted for Reykjavík’s 23-seat City Council are such (bearing in mind City Council is also going from 15 seats to 23):

S-list: the Social Democrats – 25.9%
Had: 5 seats
Has by first numbers: 7 seats
D-list: the Independence Party – 29.7%
Had: 4 seats
Has by first numbers: 8 seats
V-list: the Left-Greens – 7.9%
Had: 1 seat
Has by first numbers: 2 seats
P-list: the Pirate Party – 7%
Had: 1 seat
Has by first numbers: 1 seat
B-list: the Progressive Party – 3.1%
Had: 0 seats (their 2 seats from 2014 split into the Centre Party and Sveinbjörg, who is now O-list.)
Has by first numbers: 0 seats
C-list: the Reform Party. – 7.7%
Had: 0 seat
Has by first numbers: 2 seat
F-list: the People’s Party – 4.4%
Had: 0 seats
Has by first numbers: 1 seat
M-list: the Centre Party – 5.9%
Had: 0 seats
Has by first numbers: 1 seat
R-list: the People’s Front of Iceland – 0.2%
Had: 0 seats
Has by first numbers: 0 seats
J-list: the Socialist Party – 6.1%
Had: 0 seats
Has by first numbers: 1 seat
Þ-list: the Freedom Party – 0.2%
Had: 0 seats
Has by first numbers: 0 seats
E-list: the Icelandic National Front – 0.2%
Had: 0 seats
Has by first numbers: 0 seats
H-list: the Capital City List – 0.4%
Had: 0 seats
Has by first numbers: 0 seats
K-list: the Women’s Movement – 0.7%
Had: 0 seats
Has by first numbers: 0 seats
Y-list: the Men’s Movement – 0.3%
Had: 0 seats
Has by first numbers: 0 seats
O-list: Our City – Reykjavík – 0.4%
Had: 0 seats
Has by first numbers: 0 seats

By these numbers, it appears as though the majority is at this point fallen, but only about 10% of the votes have been counted so far. Bright Future, who were a part of the 2014 majority, did not run this year. There are no givens in any potential majority by these numbers.

The addition of eight more seats on Reykjavík City Council and 16 parties in the running undoubtedly played a role in these results. These elections also saw a record number of immigrants in the running, many of them in competitive positions in their respective parties.

Voter turn-out in Reykjavík was significantly larger this year than in the last elections, in 2014. 59.1% of those on the voter registry voted this year at 22:00; slightly higher than the 54.11% who voted at the same time in 2014.

While these first numbers paint an interesting picture, final numbers have still yet to come. It will still be a few hours until the last ballot is counted.

A general overview of all the parties in the running can be found here. Our full elections coverage also includes interviews with many of the immigrants running in Reykjavík, the drama and intrigue of Reykjavík City Councils past, the battles being fought in the countryside, and more.

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