ElectionGudie

Sept. 28, 2008 Held

4,990,947
Voted
Austria

Republic of Austria

Election for Nationalrat (Austrian National Council)

Results

77%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:4,990,947
Valid Votes:4,887,304
Invalid Votes:103,643

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Austrian Social Democratic Party 57 - 1,430,202

29.26%

Austrian People's Party 51 - 1,269,655

25.98%

Freedom Party of Austria 34 - 857,028

17.54%

Alliance for the Future of Austria 21 - 522,933

10.70%

The Greens - The Green Alternative 20 - 509,937

10.43%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 183 seats in the National Council (Nationalrat)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Heinz FISCHER
  • Head of Government: Chancellor Alfred GUSENBAUER
  • Assembly: Austria has a bicameral Federal Assembly (Bundesversammlung) consisting of the Federal Council (Bundesrat) with 62 seats and the National Council (Nationalrat) with 183 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by direct popular vote to serve a 6-year term.
  • In the Federal Council (Bundesrat) 62 members are elected by indirect vote*. In the National Council (Nationalrat) 183 members are elected through a party-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.

* Members are elected by indirect vote to serve 5-6 year terms. Each of Austria's nine provinces elect between 3-12 members, according to provincial population.

Main parties in the electoral race:

Population and number of registered voters

  • Population: 8,321,496 (2008)
  • Registered voters: 6,333,109 (2008)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 4,273,312 (2008)

·         Is Austria a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)

·         Has Austria ratified CEDAW: Yes (31 March 1982)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 50 (National Council) (as of 2008 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 23 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Australia a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Australia ratified CRPD: Yes (26 Septmember 2008)

·         Population with a disability: 1,248,224 (est.)