Who will be the next Austrian Chancellor?
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Austrian parliamentary election
Usually, the legislative period in the Austrian National Council lasts five years. According to schedule, the next parliamentary election is, thus, supposed to be held in autumn 2024. However, only one of the past four governments made it over the entire period, in all other cases snap elections were called. Will the new Federal Government exist until 2024 or will the National Council again be dissolved prematurely? At bet-at-home, you can find top odds for the upcoming Austrian parliamentary election. You can find all important info and betting tips from our experts in the bet-at-home blog! Place your bet now!
The National Council
The National Council is the Chamber of Representatives of the Austrian Parliament. Together with the Federal Council, the National Council is responsible for legislation. Furthermore, it has rights of control towards administration. The National Council has 183 members who are not elected directly, but via a list of candidates nominated by the parties. The composition of the National Council depends on the number of seats a party receives in the election. Right before the election, we offer numerous special bets on the distribution of seats, the voter turnout or the next Chancellor.
How does the Austrian parliamentary election work?
In Austria, all citizens who have reached the age of 16 on the election day are entitled to vote. At the parliamentary election in 2019, about 6.4 million people were entitled to vote. Everyone has one vote which is cast for a party. Additionally, a preferential vote can be cast for candidates on the elected party’s list at the federal, state and regional level. A sufficient number of preferential votes causes a change in the rank order for the distribution of seats within a party. In principle, the Austrian electoral system is based on proportional representation, which means a party needs four percent of all votes to enter the National Council. After the parliamentary election, the Austrian President asks the representative of the strongest faction to form a government.
A look back: Austrian parliamentary election 2019
The 26th legislative period was supposed to last until autumn 2022, however, snap elections were already held on 29 September 2019. Following the Ibiza affair involving former FPÖ leader and Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) announced the end of the ÖVP-FPÖ coalition. The ÖVP once again came out as the big winners at the parliamentary election in 2019. The List Sebastian Kurz – The new People’s Party (Liste Sebastian Kurz – Die neue Volkspartei) received 37.46% of votes. The SPÖ and the FPÖ suffered big losses. With only 21.18%, the Social Democrats achieved the worst result at a parliamentary election in history. The FPÖ lost almost 10% and fell to 16.17%. The Greens (Die Grünen), however, managed to re-enter parliament by achieving their best result at a parliamentary election with 13.90%. The NEOS, too, made small gains, receiving 8.10% of votes. The List JETZT failed to clear the four-percent threshold, receiving only 1.9% of votes. The voter turnout was only 75.6%, the second worst rate of the Second Republic.
A look back: Austrian parliamentary election 2017
After the opposition parties had requested new elections in the National Council and the governing parties had followed its decision, snap elections were called. 15 October 2017 was chosen as election date. In the end, ten parties contested the parliamentary election at federal level, more factions have never been listed on a ballot before. Sebastian Kurz turned out to be the big winner. His List Sebastian Kurz – The new People’s Party received the majority of votes with 31.47%, followed by the SPÖ and the FPÖ closely to each other. The Greens turned out to be the big losers, failing to clear the four-percent threshold following the affair involving Peter Pilz and being ejected from parliament after 31 years as a result. The voter turnout at the parliamentary election was 80%, more votes were cast for the last time in 2002.
The distribution of seats in the National Council
Following the partly surprising election results, the distribution of seats also changed. The ÖVP continued to be the strongest party in parliament with 71 seats, while the SPÖ and the FPÖ suffered significant losses. The Social Democrats received 40 seats, the FPÖ is represented in parliament by 31 members. The Greens gained 26 seats after re-entering parliament while the NEOS is represented by 15 members.