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2021 Norwegian Sámi parliamentary election

2021 Norwegian Sámi parliamentary election
Sámi people
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All 39 seats in the Sámi Parliament
20 seats needed for a majority
Turnout68.6% Decrease 1.7
Party Leader % Seats +/–
NSR Silje Karine Muotka 31.9% 17 -1
North Calotte People Toril Bakken Kåven 18.3% 9 +6
Labour Ronny Wilhelmsen 15.0% 7 -2
Centre Svein O. Leiros 9.6% 3 +1
Sámi People's Party Birger Nymo 5.6% 1 -1
Progress Arthur Tørfoss 4.8% 1 0
Moving Sámi List Berit Marie P.E. Eira 2.4% 1 0
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
President of the Sámi Parliament before President of the Sámi Parliament after
Keskitalo, Aili (Foto Kenneth Hætta) (37058259423).jpg Aili Keskitalo
NSR
Silje Karine Muotka
NSR
Muotka, Silje Karine (Foto Kenneth Hætta) (37470969540).jpg

The 2021 Norwegian Sámi parliamentary election was held on 13 September 2021. All 39 seats in the Norwegian Sámi legislature, the Sámediggi, were up for election.

Background

Previous election

In the previous election, held on 11 September 2017, the Norwegian Sámi Association, with former President of the Sámi Parliament Aili Keskitalo as their Presidential candidate, won a plurality, with 18 of the 39 seats, including 2 on a joint list with the Sami People's Party. On 9 October, the Norwegian Sámi Association formed a coalition on the Governing Council with the Centre Party, Ávjovári Moving Sámi List and Åarjel-Saemiej Gielh, together controlling 22 seats in the Sámi Parliament. Keskitalo took office as President on 12 October after being elected by the Parliament. The Labour Party, which had governed from 2015, returned to the opposition. Other opposition parties included the North Calotte People, Progress Party, Guovdageainnu Residents List, Conservative Party, Sami People's Party, and Árja.

Presidential candidates

In June 2020, Aili Keskitalo announced that she would not be running for re-election as President. The Norwegian Sámi Association nominated Silje Karine Muotka, the incumbent Councillor of Environment, Industry, and Developmental Issues on the Governing Council, as their candidate. The Labour Party nominated Ronny Wilhelmsen, their Presidential candidate in 2017. The North Calotte People nominated their leader, Toril Bakken Kåven.

Electoral system

The election used party-list proportional representation in 7 multi-member constituencies. Each constituency is given a minimum of 2 seats. The apportionment of the remaining 25 seats is based on the number of voters on the Sámi electoral roll on 30 June on the year of the last local elections in 2019, and allocated using the Sainte-Laguë method.

Constituency Seats
2017 2021
Østre 5 5
Ávjovári 8 7 Decrease
Nordre 6 6
Gáisi 5 6 Increase
Vesthavet 5 5
Sørsamisk 4 4
Sør-Norge 6 6
Norway 39

Voters aged 18 or over, and registered on the Sámi electoral roll prior to 30 June 2021, were entitled to vote in the Sámi Parliament election. To register, a voter must declare that they identify as Sámi, and that they either have Sámi as their mother tongue, have a Sámi parent, grandparent or great-grandparent, or are the child of a person already on the electoral roll. Sámi people from Sweden, Finland or Russia must be registered in Norway for the past three years in order to register.

Advance voting was available from 10 August to 10 September (1 July for voters abroad or in Svalbard or Jan Mayen), and required for voters in municipalities with fewer than 30 people on the Sámi electoral roll. In total, 8,340 votes, 40.6% of the total, were advance votes.

Results

Summary of the 13 September 2021 Norwegian Sámi parliamentary election results
Sami Parliament of Norway 2021.svg
Party Votes Seats
# % ± # ±
Norwegian Sámi Association (NSR) 4,414 31.9% +3.8% 17 -1
North Calotte People (NKF) 2,529 18.3% +11.7% 9 +6
Labour Party (Ap) 2,081 15.0% -2.0% 7 -2
Centre Party (Sp) 1,326 9.6% +2.0% 3 +1
Sámi People's Party (SfP) 772 5.6% +3.6% 1 +0
Árja 738 5.3% -2.4% 0 -1
Progress Party (FrP) 660 4.8% -2.7% 1 0
Conservative Party (H) 596 4.3% -2.1% 0 -1
Ávjovári Moving Sámi List (JSL) 329 2.4% -0.1% 1 +0
People's Federation of the Saami (SFF) 200 1.4% -0.3% 0 +0
Ávjovári Residents List (FABL) 189 1.4% -0.1% 0 -1
Totals 14,084 100.0 39 ±0
Blank and invalid votes 296
Registered voters/turnout 20,541 68.6 -1.7
Source: valgresultat.no

By constituency

Vote share

Constituency NSR NKF Ap Sp SfP FrP JSL
Østre 25.9 13.9 22.6 12.5 4.2 4.0
Ávjovári 25.0 17.5 9.9 11.6 6.6 1.8 11.5
Nordre 20.7 36.5 14.8 7.4 3.5 9.7
Gáisi 37.6 17.1 13.5 9.5 3.4 6.5
Vesthavet 41.6 12.5 13.6 11.4 4.7 3.5
Sørsamisk 53.7 9.5 20.7 8.1 3.1
Sør-Norge 35.3 14.7 15.2 6.6 11.5 4.8

Number of seats

Constituency NSR NKF Ap Sp SfP FrP JSL
Østre 2 1 1 1
Ávjovári 2 2 1 1 1
Nordre 1 3 1 1
Gáisi 3 1 1 1
Vesthavet 3 1 1
Sørsamisk 3 1
Sør-Norge 3 1 1 1

Aftermath

The Norwegian Sámi Association presidential candidate Silje Karine Muotka declared victory on the night of the election. Muotka stated that renewal of the Muohtačalbmi coalition with the Centre Party and Ávjovári Moving Sámi List was her preference.

On 12 October, the Norwegian Sámi Association, Centre Party and Ávjovári Moving Sámi List announced that they had reached an agreement to continue cooperating within the Sámi Parliament. On 18 October, the cooperation agreement, named the Beaiveálgu Declaration after the first Sámi-language novel, was presented. Silje Karine Muotka named her Governing Council, consisting of the Norwegian Sámi Association, with one Centre Party member. Muotka was elected President of the Sámi Parliament on 21 October.

See also

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