Austria elections: Sebastian Kurz’s OVP ‘leads’ vote

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The conservative People’s Party (OVP), led by 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, is projected to finish first in Austria’s snap parliamentary election, according to exit polls that suggest a clear shift to the right.

A projection by pollster SORA showed centre-right OVP winning Sunday’s election with 31.6 percent of the vote, based on a count of all non-postal ballots. Kurz’s party, however, is far short of a majority and will need to form a coalition.

The centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPO) was on 26.9 percent, just ahead of the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) on 26.0 percent.

The projection had a margin of error of 0.7 percentage points, meaning the race for second place was too close to call. Another projection by pollster ARGE Wahlen had the SPO just 0.5 percentage points ahead of the FPO.

Source:  News agencies