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National Council

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Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
29.09.2019
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Early election
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
30.09.2024
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
183
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
13

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
6,396,812
Votes Number of people who actually voted
4,835,469
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
75.59%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s People's Party (ÖVP) remained the largest party in the 183-member National Council, with an increased share of seats. The Social Democratic Party (SPÖ, which has its first-ever woman leader, Pamela Rendi-Wagner) and the Freedom Party (FPÖ, the ÖVP’s former coalition partner, now led by Mr. Norbert Hofer) both lost their share of seats. The Greens, which had failed to win seats in the 2017 elections, returned to the National Council with 26 seats. After three months of negotiations, on 1 January 2020, the ÖVP and the Greens, led by Mr. Werner Kogler, agreed on a coalition government, promising to "protect the climate and borders". It is the first government in Austria that comprises the Greens. On 7 January, President Alexander Van der Bellen (Independent, formerly Greens) swore in the new Government led by Mr. Kurz.
 
 The 2019 elections were held three years earlier than they were constitutionally due. The coalition government involving the ÖVP and the FPÖ had collapsed in May amid a corruption scandal involving Mr. Heinz-Christian Strache, the then Vice Chancellor and FPÖ leader. After Mr. Strache’s resignation on 18 May, President Van der Bellen (announced early elections would be held in September. Election campaigning was held against the backdrop of the "Fridays for Future" movement – the Europe-wide demonstration on climate change – making climate change the key electoral issue. Chancellor Kurz also promised tax cuts for businesses and families and 5 billion euros in public-spending reductions.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
5
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
38.46%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
38.8%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
2
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
People's Party (ÖVP), Greens
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
People's Party (ÖVP) 71
Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) 40
Freedom Party (FPÖ) 31
Greens 26
Neos-New Austria (NEOS) 15
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
111
Number of women elected
72
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
39.34%
Sources
https://wahl19.bmi.gv.at/
 https://www.bmi.gv.at/412/Nationalratswahlen/Nationalratswahl_2019/start.aspx
 https://www.parlament.gv.at
 https://www.bmi.gv.at/412/Nationalratswahlen/Nationalratswahl_2019/start.aspx
 CNN
 BBC Monitoring
 AFP
 Reuters
 www.dw.com
 www.theguardian.com
Women Directly Elected
72

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
111
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
72
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
52
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
23.10.2019
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Wolfgang Sobotka (Male)
Political party
People's Party (ÖVP)
Date of election
23.10.2019