Parliamentary elections 2021

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October 17, 2021

The Storting election 2021 was a parliamentary election in Norway which was held on 13 September 2021 to elect representatives to the country's national assembly, the Storting, for the period 2021–2025. There were no international election observers at the election.

Result

The election result as of 21 September at 14:46 (finally counted):

Complaints

There were 16 complaints about the election, including from the Health Party and the Alliance - Alternative for Norway. None of the complaints were upheld by the National Electoral Board.8. October 2021, the Storting approved the authorizations from the constituencies. No errors were found in the conduct of the election that had had an impact on the election settlement.

Background

Electoral order

According to the electoral system in Norway (as of 2018), parliamentary elections will be held on a Monday in September every four years. 169 representatives are elected to the Storting, and the country is divided into 19 constituencies. The number of representatives elected from each constituency is calculated every eight years and is based on the constituency's population and area. In previous parliamentary elections, one county has constituted one constituency, but a new county division may mean that there is no agreement here (see Consequences of a new county division). 150 representatives are elected directly in the election settlements in each constituency as district mandates, and 19 representatives, one from each constituency, are equalization mandates that are distributed on the basis of the parties' support nationally. Only parties that exceed the threshold of 4 per cent of the votes nationally are included in the distribution of the equalization mandates. The parties are allocated seats by number of votes based on a modified version of the Sainte-Laguë method. Norwegian citizens who are over, or who turn 18 in the election year, and who are or have been entered in the population register as residents of Norway, have the right to vote in parliamentary elections in Norway. All voters are entered in the census in the municipality they are registered as resident in as of 30 June in the election year. In advance of the election day itself, there is an opportunity to vote in advance. Consequences of new county division The new division at the regional elected level from 1 January 2020, as a result of the regional reform, means that the election in 2021 will be somewhat different from the previous parliamentary elections. This is because there will be no correspondence between the number of counties and the number of constituencies, as section 57 of the Norwegian Constitution states that: "The kingdom is divided into 19 constituencies." The Electoral Act was amended on 4 June 2018, so that the 19 counties that existed before the regional reform are still the constituencies in the Storting election, and not the 11 new counties. The electoral boards have been appointed by the new counties, and some electoral boards will therefore be responsible for several constituencies.

Political situation

In the election period 2017–2021, nine parties were represented in the Storting: the Labor Party (49 seats), the Conservatives (45), the Progress Party (27), the Center Party (19), the Socialist Left Party (11), the Christian People's Party (8), the Left (8), The Green Party (1) and the Red Party (1). Ulf Leirstein was elected for the Progress Party, but became an independent representative from 2019. Jan Bøhler was elected for the Labor Party, but announced a transition to the Center Party from 2020. The four bourgeois parties Conservatives, Progress Party, Liberals and Christian Democrats had a total of 88 of 169 seats, 85 are required for a majority. The other parties had 81 seats during the period. In the first months after the 2017 parliamentary elections, Erna Solberg's government consisting of the Conservatives and the Progress Party continued. In January 2018, the government was expanded with the Liberal Party, and in January 2019, it was expanded with the Christian People's Party to a majority government. In January 2020, the Progress Party left the government. President of the Storting Olemic Thommessen (H) was re-elected after the election and led the Storting's work until March 2018, when he resigned, and Tone Wilhelmsen Trøen (H) was elected new president. The government was led by Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H).

Constituency

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