Icelandic church hit by election scandal

The elections board of the National Church of Iceland has decided to resign in an attempt to increase trust and credibility following the contested result in the election of the Ordination Bishop of Skalholt.

The elections board met yesterday to discuss the future after the church’s head election supervision committee decided to void the election result and call for the vote to be held again.

The complaint was made by the lawyer of one of the bishop hopefuls and concerned the counting of two postal ballots sent on the 11th April. The votes were counted, despite the fact that the votes had to be sent on or before 8th April according to the rules set out by the church elections board.

The three-member elections board will be replaced by their three deputies who will arrange a new vote for Bishop of Skalholt, RUV reported.

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