2002 Austrian legislative election

Early parliamentary elections were held in Austria on 24 November 2002,[2] after internal divisions in the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) culminating in the Knittelfeld Putsch led to the resignation of several leading FPÖ members. The result was a victory for the ÖVP, which won 79 of the 183 seats, the first time it had been the largest party in the National Council since 1966.[3] It continued its coalition government with the FPÖ, which had lost almost two-thirds of its seats.[4] Voter turnout was 84.3%.[5]

2002 Austrian legislative election

← 1999 24 November 2002 2006 →

All 183 seats in the National Council
92 seats needed for a majority
Turnout4,982,261 (84.3%)[1]
Increase 3.9%
  First party Second party
  W Schuessel7.jpg Alfred Gusenbauer 26.10.2008 (cropped).jpg
Leader Wolfgang Schüssel Alfred Gusenbauer
Party ÖVP SPÖ
Leader since 22 April 1995 January 2000
Leader's seat 9E Vienna South-West 3 Lower Austria
Last election 52 seats, 26.9% 65 seats, 33.2%
Seats won 79 69
Seat change Increase 27 Increase 4
Popular vote 2,076,833 1,792,499
Percentage 42.3% 36.5%
Swing Increase 15.4% Increase 3.4%

  Third party Fourth party
  No image.svg Alexander Van der Bellen1.jpg
Leader Herbert Haupt Alexander Van der Bellen
Party FPÖ Greens
Leader since 2002 13 December 1997
Leader's seat 2C Carinthia West 9F Vienna North-West
Last election 52 seats, 26.9% 14 seats, 7.4%
Seats won 18 17
Seat change Decrease 34 Increase 3
Popular vote 491,328 464,980
Percentage 10.0% 9.5%
Swing Decrease 16.9% Increase 2.1%

2002 Austrian legislative election - Results.svg
Results of the election, showing seats won by state and nationwide. States are shaded according to the first-place party.

Chancellor before election

Wolfgang Schüssel
ÖVP

Elected Chancellor

Wolfgang Schüssel
ÖVP

Contesting partiesEdit

The table below lists parties represented in the 21st National Council.

Name Ideology Leader 1999 result
Votes (%) Seats
SPÖ Social Democratic Party of Austria
Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs
Social democracy  
Alfred Gusenbauer
33.2%
65 / 183
FPÖ Freedom Party of Austria
Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs
Right-wing populism
Euroscepticism
 
Herbert Haupt
26.9%
52 / 183
ÖVP Austrian People's Party
Österreichische Volkspartei
Christian democracy  
Wolfgang Schüssel
26.9%
52 / 183
GRÜNE The Greens – The Green Alternative
Die Grünen – Die Grüne Alternative
Green politics  
Alexander Van der Bellen
7.4%
14 / 183

ResultsEdit

 
Party Votes % +/− Seats +/−
Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) 2,076,833 42.30 +15.39 79 +27
Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) 1,792,499 36.51 +3.36 69 +4
Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) 491,328 10.01 –16.90 18 –34
The Greens – The Green Alternative (GRÜNE) 464,980 9.47 +2.07 17 +3
Liberal Forum (LiF) 48,083 0.98 –2.67 0 ±0
Communist Party of Austria (KPÖ) 27,568 0.56 +0.08 0 ±0
Socialist Left Party (SLP) 3,906 0.08 New 0 New
The Democrats 2,439 0.05 New 0 New
Christian Voters Community (CWG) 2,009 0.04 –0.03 0 ±0
Invalid/blank votes 72,616
Total 4,982,261 100 183 0
Registered voters/turnout 5,912,592 84.27 +3.85
Source: Austrian Interior Ministry
Popular vote
ÖVP
42.30%
SPÖ
36.51%
FPÖ
10.01%
GRÜNE
9.47%
Other
1.71%
National Council seats
ÖVP
43.17%
SPÖ
37.70%
FPÖ
9.83%
GRÜNE
9.29%

Results by stateEdit

State ÖVP SPÖ FPÖ Grüne Others
  Burgenland 42.4 45.8 6.4 4.7 0.7
  Carinthia 30.5 38.3 23.6 6.2 1.4
  Lower Austria 47.8 36.8 6.9 7.2 1.3
  Upper Austria 42.6 37.0 10.4 8.7 1.3
  Salzburg 46.7 30.8 10.7 10.4 1.4
  Styria 44.6 37.0 9.6 7.0 1.8
  Tyrol 51.9 24.5 10.0 11.6 2.0
  Vorarlberg 49.2 20.1 13.0 14.5 3.2
  Vienna 30.7 43.8 8.0 15.1 2.4
  Austria 42.3 36.5 10.0 9.5 1.7
Source: Austrian Interior Ministry

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nationalratswahl 2006 - Endgültiges Gesamtergebnis". Website of the Austrian Ministry of the Interior (in German). Bundesministerium für Inneres. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  2. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p197 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, pp219-220
  4. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p179
  5. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p217

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