Foreigners lose the right to vote in Svalbard

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Foreigners unrelated to mainland Norway lose the right to vote and the opportunity to attend the local council of Svalbard.

The Norwegian government decided on Friday to change the rules of the local parliamentary elections, and now non-Norwegian citizens have lived in a municipality in mainland Norway for three years to vote and qualify for the election. I am requesting that you do. , The newspaper Svalbardposten writes.

The changes will take effect immediately and will apply to the 2023 local elections.

The only foreigner in Svalbard’s municipality is the Swede, who told the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) that today is a sad day for Norway.

“Can you call it democracy?”

“When many people die, can we call it democracy?” Olivia Ericsson said. She is currently sitting in the local council of Svalbard. She will not be able to be reelected.

“It will be a very small group that can represent everyone,” she said.

Of the 2,500 inhabitants of Svalbard, more than 700 are affected by government decisions.

“Maintaining a connection between the local government and the mainland and ensuring that we have sufficient knowledge of what applies to Svalbard,” said Minister of Justice Emilie Enger Meer (SP). rice field.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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