The corona pandemic does not deter the parliamentary elections

women in ParliamentThe Norwegian Parliament(Stortinget).Photo: Norway Today Media

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There will be parliamentary elections next year, regardless of how the corona situation develops. But in the future, a similar crisis may postpone a Norwegian election.

A separate working group has been set up in the Ministry of Local Government and Renewal to look at how next year’s parliamentary elections will be conducted, NRK reports.

“We do not know what the situation is like. It can be better or it can be worse”, says Minister of Local Government and Renewal Nikolai Astrup to NRK.

“Two things that have been speculated, however, that can be rejected already now..”, Astrup emphasizes, “..there will be no online voting, and there will be no postponement of the election.”

Electronic elections were discouraged by the Election Law Committee, which this summer submitted its recommendation for a new election law. However, the committee recommended allowing elections to be postponed due to events such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or other extraordinary events.

However, a constitutional amendment must be made to allow for postponement, and that change can only be made over two parliamentary terms and thus be valid until the election in 2025 at the earliest. 

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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