SPÖ Election Commission Chairman Michaela Grubesa said that in the race between Burgenland State President Hans Peter Doskozil and Traiskirchen Mayor Andreas Babler, it was determined that the votes were incorrectly classified due to a technical error.
Grubesa stated that the votes were counted correctly, but the overall results were mixed, and it was understood that Doskozil’s votes were written to Babler, and Babler’s votes were written to Doskozil.
Thus, Doskozil, who was declared the new leader of the party with approximately 52 percent of the votes on Saturday, lost the election with 48 percent. Babler, who was announced as the second, became the new leader of the party with 52 percent.
Doskozil, who was elected chairman by mistake after this rare development, described this development as the lowest level in the history of the SPÖ and said that politics at the federal level was closed for him.
At the SPÖ Extraordinary General Assembly Meeting held in Linz, Austria on Saturday, June 3, Burgenland State President Doskozil, who received the votes of approximately 52 percent of the 317 delegates, was announced as the new leader of the party.