Faulty glue to delay Austria re- run election

A re-run of Austria’s presidential election looks set to be postponed on technical grounds, because the glue will not stick on postal vote forms.

The two candidates, Alexander Van der Bellen and Norbert Hofer have both said they do not expect the election to be held on 2nd of October as planned.

Report says Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka will make an announcement on Monday.

A re-run of May’s vote was ordered after Mr Hofer’s far-right Freedom Party challenged the result.

He narrowly lost to Mr Van der Bellen, the former Green Party leader.

Mr Van der Bellen told a news conference on Saturday that he was braced for a postponement. “I hope that the election can still take place this year,” he said.


Report says a number of postal voters have complained in recent days that the glue on their ballot forms was not working properly, making the seals insecure.

Mr Sobotka said on Friday that it was unlikely the problems could be resolved in time for the 2nd  October date, and said he would make a further announcement on Monday, fuelling speculation he will announce a postponement.

Government officials say a number of different dates, from November to January, are being considered.

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