Party leaders cast their votes when the first election day kicked off

Labor Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre.Photo: Fredrik Hagen / NTB scanpix

Both AP (Labour Party) leader Jonas Gahr Støre and FrP (Progress Party) leader Siv Jensen cast their votes when the first of the two election days kicked off on Sunday afternoon.

Among the 154 municipalities that have open polling stations on Sunday are Oslo, Stavanger, Trondheim and Tromsø. There are large local variations on Sunday opening hours, but the first polling stations open at 12 o’clock.

AP leader Jonas Gahr Støre cast his vote when the polling station opened at Svendstuen school in Oslo at 1 o’clock on Sunday afternoon.

“Tomorrow is basically just countdowns, preparations and summaries. I’m going to wash clothes, tidy and do other things I haven’t done in six weeks. I have washed clothes for the last six weeks,” Støre laughed when he spoke to the press after voting.

Jensen has taken all the political compass tests
Party leader and finance minister Siv Jensen (FrP) also went to the polls on Sunday afternoon. At 1 o’clock, she cast her vote at Kastellet school in Oslo.

“I’ve taken all the political compass tests to be sure,” Jensen said jokingly before dropping her vote in the ballot box.

Later on Sunday, Rødt (Red Party) leader Bjørnar Moxnes will cast his vote at Nordstrand school in Oslo. The other party leaders will cast their votes on Monday. MDG (Green Party) leader Une Bastholm and KrF (Christian People’s Party) leader Kjell Ingolf Ropstad have voted in advance.

Fewer municipalities
At the parliamentary elections of 2017, there were 173 municipalities that had two-day elections. In contrast, elections were then held in 426 municipalities, as opposed to the 356 municipalities that this year conduct local elections following the municipal mergers.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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