Waidhofen: Big minus for the ÖVP

Although it was only a local election, yesterday’s eyes were on Waidhofen an der Ybbs. On the one hand, because the anti-corona party MFG ran for the first time after the Upper Austrian state elections, and on the other hand, because it was the first election after the allegations of corruption, personnel changes and turbulence in the ÖVP.

40 mandates were up for grabs, seven lists were up for election. The 15 polling stations closed at 3 p.m., after which it was necessary to wait longer than expected for the result.

Mayor Werner Krammer (VP) was unable to defend his party’s absolute majority: it slipped from 60.2 percent to 41 percent. The SPÖ increased from 15 to 21 percent and is still a long way behind the first in second place. From the start, MFG made the leap to the third largest group: 17 percent of the community voted for the new party. The joy was correspondingly great, as Federal Managing Director Gerhard Pöttler announced on Telegram: “We came to stay.”

The “FUFU” list of citizens recorded slight gains. The self-proclaimed “Protest Art Project” came in at 11 percent. Blue and Green each lost at an already low level, the FPÖ got four percent of the votes, the Greens three percent.

In January 2023 there are state elections in Lower Austria. Clear conclusions for state or federal elections can never be read from local elections. The statutory city with its 11,000 inhabitants is no exception. However, the results in the St. Pöltner Landhaus will not be completely ignored either.

You can read more about the municipal council election at nachrichten.at/steyr


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