Following an extra meeting of its executive committee, the Danish Unity List today announced that the party will hold an extra party convention on 17 November 2007 following a new membership vote over the ranking of the party’s candidates for a coming general election.
The vote and the extra conference was triggered by internal and external criticism of the party’s decision to place Asmaa Abdol-Hamid as #6 on the party’s internal candidate list and #2 on its list in the Copenhagen constituency.
Just in case anybody outside of Denmark wonders: The Danish electoral system is based on a number of multi-member constituencies so there are no national party lists but based on experience from former elections parties can rank probabilities for candidates getting elected in different constituencies. In a Danish context, the Unity List is unique in holding a national membership vote and assigning candidates nationally based on the results of the vote. Usually, constituency branches (formally) decide on which candidates to field.