Aus­tria to re-run over­turned pres­i­den­tial poll in Oc­to­ber

Daily Trust - - AROUND THE WORLD -

Aus­trian Chan­cel­lor Chris­tian Kern says a re-run of the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion will take place on 2 Oc­to­ber.

The date has to be con­firmed by par­lia­ment, but that is a for­mal­ity.

The 22 May vote was an­nulled last week, af­ter a le­gal chal­lenge from the far-right Free­dom Party. It ar­gued postal votes had been il­le­gally and im­prop­erly han­dled.

Its can­di­date Nor­bert Hofer lost the elec­tion to the for­mer Greens leader Alexan­der Van der Bellen by a sliver.

Mr Hofer gar­nered just 30,863 votes fewer than his ri­val - com­ing in at less than one per­cent­age point be­hind.

The Free­dom Party lodged a suc­cess­ful le­gal chal­lenge to the re­sults with the Con­sti­tu­tional Court - Aus­tria’s high­est court.

In two weeks of hear­ings, it ar­gued that postal bal­lots were il­le­gally han­dled in 94 out of 117 dis­tricts, thou­sands of votes were opened ear­lier than per­mit­ted un­der elec­tion rules, and some were counted by peo­ple unau­tho­rised to do so. The party also claimed to have ev­i­dence that some un­der-16s and for­eign­ers had been al­lowed to vote.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.