On Tuesday, the 4th of April, local elections were held in Greenland, which features both the world’s largest and second largest municipality. In total, 25.059 votes were cast from a potential 41.036 registered voters. This places the election turnout at 61 percent, which is an increase from last year’s 58,3 percent. The result of the election also affected a reshuffle from 2013. You can get the entire overview at www.valg.gl.
The government party, Siumut, which is Greenland’s largest party, lost 6 percent of their voters from the previous local elections, yet they are still the largest party with 41,5 percent of the votes. The party Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA) experienced big voter support and increased their total of votes with 3 percent to 32,4 percent of the votes. IA received 1.000 more votes than the last election in 2013. Futhermore, the IA-mayor in Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq, Asii Chemnitz Narup, set a new record with 2.259 personal votes. This also means that Asii will stay in the mayor’s office for 4 more years as her third period as a mayor. In Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq 12 new members joined the 19 man large municipal council. Read more about the municipal council in Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq here.
The party, Inuit Ataqatigiit, increased their total share of votes with 4,6 percent nationwide. IA also gained the mayor’s seat in the municipality Qaasuitsoq Kujalleq, where Ane Hansen gained the largest amount of personal votes of 350. The party Siumut retains positions of mayor and largest party in the three other municipalities, Kujalleq, Qeqqeta and Qaasuitsoq Avannarleq. Thus 3 of 5 mayors in Greenland will be women – in comparison, the share of female mayors in Denmark are at 10 percent.
For the first time the party Partii Naleraq chose to run in the local elections and received 4,6 of the total amount of votes. The party, The Democrats experienced an increase of 1,8 percent in their share of votes and the party Atassut was reduced with 1,1 percent. You can get the entire overview here.