Willy or Anzengruber? Mayoral election begins in Innsbruck

Citizens of the Tyrolean state capital can vote until 4 p.m. It will be decided later whether Green Georg Willi will continue in office or former ÖVP deputy mayor Johannes Ansengruber.

The election for Innsbruck mayor started between incumbent Georg Willi (Greens) and challenger and former ÖVP deputy mayor Johannes Ansengruber (JA – Now Innsbruck). Polling stations opened at 7.30 am. You can vote till 4 pm. 100,564 eligible voters were invited to exercise their right to vote – 20,788 of whom were EU citizens.

The Election Commission will declare the results between 6 pm and 7 pm. The results of the spraying have not been released in advance. Similar to the local council and mayoral direct elections on April 14, polling will be held in 154 districts and 43 polling booths.

More than 10,000 ballot papers

10,598 ballots were cast for the Innsbruck runoff election. It was 4240 less than the first round. Could be the first indication of the vote count. It may be lower than local council elections. A significant increase compared to the 2018 local council elections on April 14 – participation increased from a low of 50.38 percent to 60.5 percent.

In the first round, Willi led with 22.89 percent, while Anzengruber got 19.37 percent. FPÖ mayoral candidate Markus Lassenberger (15.92 percent) and SPÖ frontwoman Elisabeth Mayer (15.21 percent) lost in the runoff, while “New Innsbruck” front-runner former ÖVP state secretary Florian Tursky (10.41 percent) finished fifth.

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Both opponents – Willy and Ansengruber – remained relatively tame and accommodating during the last two weeks of the election campaign. Both are optimistic about their own chances of victory, despite expecting a close finish. Only the coalition question and the attitude towards the FPÖ separated them a little.

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Willy, who wants to remain a member of the city government despite defeat, has already vowed to form a center-left three-party coalition for himself and the city, along with Anzengruber and the Greens. Arithmetic and political moment. He did not want to work with the Freedom Party.

Anzengruber, on the other hand, did not want to commit himself and announced that if he won, he would negotiate with everyone, including the FPÖ. Theoretically, a center-right four-party coalition consisting of “JA – Now Innsbruck”, FPÖ, “das Neue Innsbruck” and the Fritz List is also in question, although the latter has rejected this constellation – at least so far.

Center-left slide in the first round

Overall, the Tyrolean state capital suffered a center-left slump in the first round. The Green Party was also in first place with 18.87 percent and eight mandates, despite losing more than five percentage points compared to the last election. Here too, Anzengruber was second on his list when he first appeared: 16.83 percent and eight mandates were the result. The FPÖ came close behind with 15.21 percent and seven mandates (2018: 18.56 percent and eight mandates). The SPÖ came fourth with 13.58 percent and six mandates – a nice plus, as they had 10.32 percent and four mandates in the last election.

Dursky's performance of “The New Innsbruck” also disappointed here. It was 10.15 percent and was sufficient for only four mandates. Fritz's list ended with 5.5 percent and two mandates in the city parliament (2018: 3.23 percent and one mandate).

The decline of the center-left was explained not only by the victories of the Greens and the SPÖ, but also by the performance of the left-wing “minor parties”: the Communists surprisingly entered the local council and got 6.72 percent, breaking the four percent barrier. And the Three Commandments. The “ALI” list, a sort of former Green Party spin-off, briefly re-entered the local council with 4.83 percent and two mandates. Only one mandate is sufficient on the final ballot. (APA)

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