Rerun of Austrian presidential election planned for October 2

Austrians are set to vote in a rerun presidential election on October 2 after the initial vote was annulled because of irregularities, Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka announced Tuesday.

Green candidate Alexander Van der Bellen had won the run-off election in May by a slim margin against far-right contender Norbert Hofer.

Hofer's Freedom Party had contested the result, alleging that ballot papers were sorted and counted prematurely and without proper supervision in a significant number of voting districts.

The Constitutional Court confirmed these allegations on Friday and ordered a rerun, although it did not find any evidence that results were actually manipulated.

The October 2 date still has to be formally confirmed by parliament.

Last update: Tue, 05/07/2016 - 11:51

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