ELECTION 2019: Residents showing up steadily to select new Longyearbyen Community Council; voting continues until 8 p.m. tonight

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Voters showed up steadily Sunday afternoon, the first of the two-day Longyearbyen Community Council election, with polls open today at Kulturhuset from 10 a.m. to 8 a.m.

The election will select the next 15 members of the council and determine who will serve as mayor for the next four years. Many of the candidates and supporters are scheduled to gather at Stationen beginning around 8 p.m. to await a preliminary vote tally. The final official results are scheduled to be released Tuesday.

Icepeople will be liveblogging with interviews and results from “Election Central” beginning at 8 p.m.

Official platforms of the five political parties participating in the election are available in English here, and a summary of how they fared in the previous election and four years since is here.

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