Austria's Far-Right Freedom Party to Contest Presidential Election Results

June 8, 2016 1:38 PM

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Austria's Far-Right Freedom Party to Contest Presidential Election Results

Last month an independent backed by Austria’s Green Party narrowly won the presidential election against the candidate of the far-right Freedom Party. The margin of victory: 31,026 votes. On Wednesday, Heinz-Christian Strache, the head of the Freedom Party, said his side would appeal the results, alleging “massive number of irregularities and mistakes.”

An election challenge is not only a democratic right, but also a democratic obligation. This is especially true when the principles of electoral law, namely the general, equal, direct, personal, free and secret suffrage are being massively violated.

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