As reported here a couple of weeks ago, there were irregularities in the recent Austrian presidential election, especially concerning the postal votes during the runoff on May 22. Norbert Hofer, the candidate for the FPÖ (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, Austrian Freedom Party), was in the lead until the absentee ballots came in. The postal vote just happened to tilt overwhelmingly towards the Green candidate, Alexander van der Bellen, who eventually was declared the winner.
In the following press conference Heinz-Christian Strache, the leader of the FPÖ, announces that his party will contest last month’s election result, based on numerous irregularities for which there is sworn testimony.
Many thanks to Nash Montana for translating these excerpts, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
|0:16||…since we now had to determine a myriad of irregularities|
|0:19||and glitches, we are thankful to the voters for|
|0:26||the many hints, but also we are obligated to our voters|
|0:30||and to Democracy and to our Constitutional state…|
|0:40||…we will therefore dispute this election…|
|0:48||…we have received countless verified hints under oath,|
|0:53||and I am telling you in plain language that the extent of these findings|
|0:57||is more than frightening, and it is more than relevant…|
|1:11||…at seven district election authorities the counting did not take place|
|1:15||through the relevant election board, but instead through non-authorized persons,|
|1:20||and therefore 58,374 polling cards are affected by this…|
|1:30||…under these circumstances, as we have shown today,|
|1:33||as you heard for yourself, 573,275 voting cards were affected,|
|1:40||and under those circumstances it cannot be assured that everything was done correctly,|
|1:46||because the law has already been violated,|
|1:50||and therefore we have to challenge the election result.