The re run of the Austrian presidential election is to be postponed amid fears of another round of massive voter fraud, reports Die Presse.
This time the focus is on envelopes for voting slips which have been found to open shortly after being stuck down because of faulty glue, allowing for votes to be switched out.
Legal experts, including Heinz Mayer, have said the “glueless” envelopes represent a “system failure” and have called for the elections to be postponed.
In addition, the Interior Ministry has ordered a criminal investigation into the voting slips and envelopes, which are produced by kbprintcom.at, a company which is a part of an huge international corporation whose share holders include banks.
Also, an external institute has been instructed to find the cause of the faulty glue.
Furthermore, the Interior Ministry has promised to investigate its own hotline after it emerged that callers were being advised to glue down their envelopes with an Uhu stick, a popular brand of glue in Austria costing a couple of euros, but not to tell anyone they had heard this advice from the ministry hotline.
According to rules issued by the ministery, votes in envelopes stuck down with extra glue are automatically disqualified.
The new dates being pencilled in for the election are the 13th, 20th and 27th of November, reports Die Presse.