HM King Harald and HM Queen Sonja on their way into the Storting before the State Opening in 2016. Photo: Morten Brakestad/Storting.

HM King Harald and HM Queen Sonja on their way into the Storting before the State Opening in 2016. Photo: Morten Brakestad/Storting.

Preparing for a new Storting session

After the election, it falls to the Storting to approve the election results, elect the Presidium and assign members to the standing committees. On 9 October, the King will formally open the new Storting.

Results determination and credentials

The election on 11 September will be carried out in the municipalities, with determination of the results carried out by the county electoral committees and ultimately by the National Electoral Committee, which also allocates seats at large to the parties whose vote tallies exceeded the election threshold. This is the responsibility of the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation and the Norwegian Directorate of Elections. The electoral committees approve and issue credentials to the candidates authorised to sit in the Storting and represent the voters of particular counties during the upcoming four-year period.

When the election results and credentials arrive from the county electoral committees, it is the task of the Preparatory Credentials Committee – appointed by the previous Storting – to provisionally examine the credentials and review any reports of errors or complaints received from the counties and the National Electoral Commission. This work is facilitated by a secretariat, which goes through the material in advance.

Until their credentials have been approved, the members of the Storting have a temporary right to sit and to vote.

The new Storting is thus in the position of approving itself, but only subsequent to preliminary work done by members from the previous Storting session.

The new Storting begins

When the new Storting convenes on 2 October, the credentials are distributed to the first representative for each county and a list is made of the representatives for roll call by the President. At this sitting the post of President is assumed by the highest-ranking member of the Presidium from the previous Storting who is present. If no one from the previous Presidium has been re-elected, the member of the Storting who has served longest shall preside. The election of the (final) Credentials Committee occurs at this sitting.

On 6 October the Credentials Committee’s recommendations will be considered by the new Storting. The Storting’s constituting meeting, at which the new Presidium will be elected, is scheduled for 7 October.

The Election Committee’s 37 members will be elected immediately after the Storting has been constituted. To the degree possible, the parliamentary party groups are proportionally represented on the committee. Geographical distribution by constituency is also taken into account. The Election Committee prepares and issues recommendations on any election the Storting may wish to hold, including elective appointments to commissions, committees and councils, such as the Norwegian Nobel Committee. These recommendations are taken up by the Storting in plenary session.

Formal opening on 9 October

On 9 October, the King will perform the State Opening of the new Storting.

During the opening, the King delivers the Speech from the Throne as prescribed in the Constitution. These days the speech is written by the Government and not by the King himself. The King is presented with the speech by the Prime Minister during the ceremony. In the Speech from the Throne the King reads out the Government’s policy plans for the coming year.

The State of the Realm Address is then read by a member of the Government, usually the youngest minister. By tradition it is delivered in the Nynorsk language variant.

Last updated: 16.08.2017 09:48