The Social Democratic Party, the main opposition party in Austria, convened on June 3 to elect its leader. At the Extraordinary General Assembly meeting held on Saturday, a scandalous decision was made and the wrong candidate was declared the winner of the election.
Michaela Grubesa, the head of the Social Democratic Party Electoral Commission, said that in the race between Burgenland State President Hans Peter Doskozil and Traiskirchen Mayor Andreas Babler, who were competing for the presidency, it was determined that the votes were incorrectly sorted due to a technical error, Anadolu reported.
Grubesa said that the votes were counted correctly, but the aggregate results were mixed up, with Doskozil's votes going to Babler and Babler's votes going to Doskozil.
Thus, Doskozil, who was announced as the new leader of the party on Saturday with nearly 52 percent of the vote, lost the election with 48 percent. Babler, who was announced as the runner-up, became the new leader of the party with 52 percent.
After this rare development, Doskozil, who was mistakenly elected as the new chairman, described this development as the lowest level in the history of the Social Democratic Party and said that politics at the federal level was closed for him.
At the Social Democratic Party Extraordinary General Assembly Meeting held in Linz, Austria on Saturday, June 3, it was announced that Burgenland State President Doskozil, who received the votes of approximately 52 percent of the 317 delegates, became the new chairman of the party.
Source: Anadolu Agency