The overall state responsibility for the election process lies with KMD (Kommunal- og moderniseringsdepartementet - the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation), but the municipalities and county authorities are responsible for the practical side of the election process. The Norwegian Directorate of Elections reports to KMD and has delegated responsibility for the election process nationwide.
The Norwegian Directorate of Elections shall assist in upholding a well-functioning democracy by maintaining the confidence of the public in the electoral process. The Norwegian Directorate of Elections’ main priority for 2017 is to assist in a confidence-building execution of the 2017 Stortingsvalg (Norwegian Parliamentary) and Sami Parliamentary elections. The Norwegian Directorate of Elections shall also assist in holding the extraordinary municipal council elections in connection with the local government reform.
Objectives of the Norwegian Directorate of Elections for 2017:
- Objective 1: A proper and safe electoral process that gains the trust of the public.
- Objective 2: Voters have the necessary information about the election.
- Objective 3: Good accessibility during the election.
- Supporting municipalities and county authorities regarding the practical aspects of the election
- Providing voters with information
- Providing training for municipalities and county authorities
- Evaluation, operation and administration of the election administration system (elektroniske valgadministrasjonssystemet - EVA)
- Specialist electoral investigation and analysis