2018 Greenlandic general election

General elections were held in Greenland on 24 April 2018,[1] electing all 31 members of Parliament. The elections were required to be held no later than 26 November 2018, four years after the previous elections on 27 November 2014, but Prime Minister Kim Kielsen chose to call the elections seven months early. His Siumut party remained the largest in Parliament, but lost two seats, whilst Inuit Ataqatigiit, the second-largest party, lost three seats. The smaller Democrats and Partii Naleraq gained seats, with the newly formed Cooperation Party and Nunatta Qitornai parties both entering Parliament.

2018 Greenlandic general election
Greenland
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All 31 seats in the Inatsisartut
16 seats needed for a majority
Party Leader % Seats +/–
Siumut Kim Kielsen 27.44 9 -2
Inuit Ataqatigiit Sara Olsvig 25.78 8 -3
Democrats Randi V. Evaldsen 19.69 6 +2
Partii Naleraq Hans Enoksen 13.55 4 +1
Atassut Siverth K. Heilmann 5.96 2 0
Cooperation Party Michael Rosing 4.11 1 New
Nunatta Qitornai Vittus Qujaukitsoq 3.45 1 New
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
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Results by municipality
Prime Minister before Prime Minister after
Kim Kielsen
Siumut
Kim Kielsen
Siumut

BackgroundEdit

The 2014 general elections saw Siumut receive a narrow plurality of the vote, but win the same number of seats as Inuit Ataqatigiit (11). A coalition government was formed by Siumut, Democrats and Atassut which lasted until 2016, when Siumut formed a new coalition with Inuit Ataqatigiit and Partii Naleraq. Kim Kielsen from Siumut has led both governments.[2]

During the 2014–2018 parliamentary term, both Atassut MPs defected to Simumut, while Michael Rosing left the Democrats to sit as an Independent.[3]

Electoral systemEdit

The 31 members of Parliament are elected by proportional representation in multi-member constituencies. Seats are allocated using the d'Hondt method.[4]

New partiesEdit

Two new parties contested the elections, the unionist and socially liberal Cooperation Party (Suleqatigiissitsisut) founded by Michael Rosing, and the pro-independence Nunatta Qitornai (Descendants of Our Country) founded by former Minister of Finance and Interior, Minister of Industry, Labour, Trade, Tourism, Energy and Foreign Affairs and Minister of Finance, Minerals and Foreign Affairs Vittus Qujaukitsoq after a dispute over the government's approach toward Denmark. He eventually left Siumut following an unsuccessful leadership challenge to Kim Kielsen.[5]

Opinion pollsEdit

Polling Firm Date Siumut IA Democrats Naleraq Atassut NQ SA
HS Analyse[6][7] 21–24 March 2018 32.6 (11) 33.7 (11) 12.6 (4) 10.6 (3) 4.1 (1) 4.6 (1) 1.8 (0)
HS Analyse[6][7] 11–15 April 2018 27.4 (9) 31.0 (10) 18.8 (6) 11.1 (3) 5.2 (1) 3.6 (1) 2.9 (1)

ResultsEdit

 
PartyVotes%Seats+/–
Siumut7,95927.449–2
Inuit Ataqatigiit7,47825.788–3
Democrats5,71219.696+2
Partii Naleraq3,93113.554+1
Atassut1,7305.9620
Cooperation Party1,1934.111New
Nunatta Qitornai1,0023.451New
Total29,005100.00310
Valid votes29,00599.01
Invalid/blank votes2910.99
Total votes29,296100.00
Registered voters/turnout40,76971.86
Source: Qinersineq.gl

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Inatsisartut Vi skal til valg den 24. april KNR, 13 March 2018
  2. ^ "Man Named Kim". The Arctic Journal. 18 October 2014. Archived from the original on 23 November 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  3. ^ Inatsisartunut ilaasortat Inatsisartunut
  4. ^ Election Profile IFES
  5. ^ Landets nyeste partier kan stille op til Inatsisartut-valget Archived 2020-10-19 at the Wayback Machine Sermitsiaq, 16 March 2018
  6. ^ a b Elkjær, Kenneth (20 April 2018). "Meningsmåling: Demokraterne står til stor fremgang". knr.gl (in Danish). Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  7. ^ a b Elkjær, Kenneth (20 April 2018). "Små partier får gode nyheder i meningsmåling". knr.gl (in Danish). Retrieved 20 April 2018.

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