Under the Constitution of the Republic of Iceland, any person who has reached the age of 35 and who meets the requirements for being able to vote in elections to the Althingi (with the exception of the residence requirement) may stand for election as President of Iceland.
Candidacies for election to the presidency shall be submitted to the Ministry of the Interior by midnight on Friday, 20 May 2016. They shall be accompanied by declarations of consent by the candidates, sufficient numbers of sponsors and certificates from the relevant constituency electoral commission stating that the sponsors have the right to vote. Not later than 27 May 2016, the Ministry of the Interior shall announce, on the radio and in the Official Gazette, the names of candidates for election to the presidency.
Right to vote
Under Article 1 of the Act on Candidacy and Election of the President of Iceland, No. 36/1945 (cf. Article 1 of the Parliamentary Elections Act, No. 24/2000) voters who have the right to vote in elections to the Althingi have the right to vote in presidential elections.
Pre-election voting may begin 30 April 2016 both in Iceland and abroad.