ElectionGudie

Sept. 29, 2013 Held

4,751,321
Voted
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Republic of Austria

Election for Nationalrat (National Council)

Results

73%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:4,751,321
Valid Votes:4,662,300
Invalid Votes:89,021

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Social Democratic Party of Austria 52 - 1,252,430

26.86%

Austrian People's Party 47 - 1,119,499

24.01%

Freedom Party of Austria 40 - 958,295

20.55%

The Greens - The Green Alternative 24 - 575,195

12.34%

Team Stronach for Austria 11 - 267,444

5.74%

NEOS - The New Austria 9 - 229,692

4.93%

Alliance for the Future of Austria - - 164,599

3.53%

Communist Party of Austria - - 47,679

1.02%

Pirate Party - - 35,896

0.77%

Seat Shares:

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 183 seats in the National Council (Nationalrat)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Heinz FISCHER
  • Head of Government: Chancellor Werner FAYMANN
  • Assembly: Austria has a bicameral Federal Assembly (Bundesversammlung) consisting of the Federal Council (Bundesrat) with 62 seats and the National Council (Nationalrat) with 183 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 6-year term.
  • Chancellor is appointed by the president.
  • In the Federal Council (Bundesrat) 62 members are elected by indirect vote*. In the National Council (Nationalrat) 183 members are elected through an open-list proportional representation system to serve 5-year terms.**

* Members are elected by state councils to serve 5- or 6-year terms. Members represent each of the 9 states on the basis of population, and each state elects at least 3 representatives.

** There are 9 multi-member constituencies corresponding to each of the states. Each of these is subdivided into smaller, regional constituencies, of which there are 43 in total. Each party fields regional, state, and national lists of candidates. Each voter gets one ballot on which she votes for one party and may express candidate preferences within that party's regional and state-level lists. Seat allocation proceeds in three stages. First, regional seats are allocated (d'Hondt method). Second, provincial seat allocations are calculated, the sums of parties regional seats within each province are subtracted from these totals, and seats are allocated accordingly (d'Hondt method). Third, this process repeats at the national level (Hare method), where party lists are closed. Parties must win at least one seat each in a regional constituency to qualify for seats at the state and national levels. Additionally, any candidate who receives at least one-sixth of her party’s votes is automatically awarded a seat. There is a 4 percent threshold for parties to gain representation, although a party that fails to reach this mark may still gain representation if it wins at least one seat in a regional election.

Main parties in the electoral race:

****** New political party founded by businessmen Frank STRONACH in September 2012. Team Stronach currently holds 5 seats in the National Council.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 8,221,646 (July 2013 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 6,378,478 (January 2013 )