1953 Icelandic parliamentary election

Parliamentary elections were held in Iceland on 28 June 1953.[1] The Independence Party remained the largest party in the Lower House of the Althing, winning 14 of the 35 seats.[2]

Electoral systemEdit

The elections were conducted under two electoral systems. Twenty-one members were elected in single-member constituencies via first-past-the-post voting, while the remainder were elected using D'Hondt method proportional representation: twelve members in two-member constituencies, eight members in Reykjavík, and eleven from a single national compensatory list. To earn national list seats, a party had to win at least one constituency seat. In constituencies electing two or more members, within the party list, voters had the option to re-rank the candidates and could also strike a candidate out. Allocation of seats to candidates was done using a system based on the Borda count.[3]

ResultsEdit

Party Votes % Lower House Upper House
Seats +/– Seats +/–
Independence Party 28,738 37.1 14 +1 7 +1
Progressive Party 16,959 21.9 10 –1 6 0
People's Unity Party – Socialist Party 12,422 16.0 5 –1 2 –1
Social Democratic Party 12,093 15.6 4 –1 2 0
National Preservation Party 4,667 6.0 2 New 0 New
Republican Party 2,531 3.3 0 New 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 1,344
Total 78,754 100 35 0 17 0
Registered voters/turnout 87,601 89.9
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p961 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p976
  3. ^ Renwick, Alan (2010). Helgason, Þorkell; Hermundardóttir, Friðný Ósk; Simonarson, Baldur (eds.). "Electoral System Change in Europe since 1945: Iceland" (PDF). Electoral system change since 1945. Archived from the original on 4 October 2021. Retrieved 4 October 2021.