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Cheers and tears at Norway local voting. UPDATED: Monday’s local election was about thrills and spills for three of the major Norwegian Parties despite the somewhat meagre voter turnout. The final results from this campaign's 63.6 percent voter participation are now in. 31.7 percent Labour (Ap) dominates the counties, up 2 percent on 2007. However, the Conservatives (H) were the election’s big winners. A landslide victory of 28 percent has given the Party an increase of 8.7, and it is now Norway’s second largest.

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Cheers and tears at Norway local voting

Published on Tuesday, 13th September, 2011 at 10:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 14th September 2011 at 09:39.

UPDATED: Monday’s local election was about thrills and spills for three of the major Norwegian Parties despite the somewhat meagre voter turnout.

Norwegian ballot box
Norwegian ballot box
Photo: Lars Røed Hansen/Wikimedia Commons


The final results from this campaign's 63.6 percent voter participation are now in. 31.7 percent Labour (Ap) dominates the counties, up 2 percent on 2007.

However, the Conservatives (H) were the election’s big winners. A landslide victory of 28 percent has given the Party an increase of 8.7, and it is now Norway’s second largest.

“If the forecasts are right, the Conservatives will have had their second-best election in the Party’s history,” leader Erna Solberg said to NRKyesterday.

The Conservatives have so far gained 732 municipal representatives, powering ahead to 2,354.

Whilst the Conservatives sail ahead, Far-Right Progress Party (FrP) leader Siv Jensen is left mopping up in their wake, crashing in with an 11.4 percent, down 6.1.

Council after council, district after district slipped away from the Party’s grasp, not helped by recent injudicious comments from former Chairman Carl I Hagenthe gambler’ and others. 480 municipal representatives will now have to take their hats and leave.

Thanking her staff for all of their hard work, Ms Jensen said, “no matter how the election ends, Progress stayed the course despite a very demanding year.”

Election researcher Frank Aarebrot, who predicted a higher voter turnout this time around, believes the Frp leader’s days are numbered.

“It’s a big surprise they [FrP] had such a decline. We predicted a result of 14 percent, which would have been bad, but that the Party’s percentage has been halved is almost a disaster. They will probably want to have an internal discussion about what went wrong in local troupes all over the country,” he said.

The Socialist Left (SV) also had a bad result, down 2 percent to 4.1 SV leader Kristin Halvorsen has announced she will step down as head of the Party next spring.

“I’ve been the leader of SV for almost 15 years, and wanted to lead the Party through this election campaign. However, I decided long ago that SV must choose a new leader before 2013’s general election,” said Ms Halvorsen.

Since announcing her resignation, tributes from future former political colleagues have been pouring in, including from Siv Jensen, who expressed her sympathy for her yesterday.

“I’ve had many formidable fights with her, and she is a woman I appreciate."

In other results, the Liberal Party (V), showed a marginal gain of 0.5, coming in with a voter-confidence percentage of 6.3. The Centre Party (Sp) sank 1.2 percent to 6.8, Christian Democrats came in at 5.6 percent, down 0.7. Minor Party Rødt (R) declined 0.2 percent to 1.5.



Published on Tuesday, 13th September, 2011 at 10:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 14th September 2011 at 09:39.

This post has the following tags: norwaylocalelections, localelectionresults, kristinhalvorsenresignation, sivjensen, ernasolberg.





  
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