Far-Right Party in Austria Challenges Results of Presidential Vote

Far-Right Party in Austria Challenges Results of Presidential Vote, by Kimberley Bradley.

The results were too close to call when polls closed at 5 p.m. on May 22; only after nearly 700,000 mail-in ballots were tallied was the result announced, midafternoon on May 23.

Mr. Van der Bellen [the Greens] was declared the winner, with 50.35 percent of the vote and a very tight lead of 30,863 ballots….

On Wednesday, the Freedom Party’s chairman, Heinz-Christian Strache, submitted 150 pages of documents to the Constitutional Court, claiming “numerous irregularities and failures” in the counting of the runoff votes. …

Mr. Strache said there had been electoral irregularities or fraud in 94 of 117 regional polling stations. In 82 of the stations, he said, at least 573,000 mail-in ballots were sorted or counted before the election authorities were even on site to monitor the process.

The mail-in vote was suspiciously lopsided.

Far-right Austrian party to challenge election they lost by less than one per cent, by Rebecca Flood.

Norbert Hofer looked poised to win before the postal votes were accounted for, swinging the vote in favour of Alexander Van der Bellen.

hat-tip Stephen Neil