|Constitutional law of the Austrian Federation (1929), as amended by Federal
Law 1013 (1994), as well as the Law on Elections to the European Parliament
(Law 117/96), as adopted on 21 January 1996 and amended by Federal Laws 201/96,
162/98, 90/03 and 132/03.
|Proportional representation: at national level. Voters
must vote for a list and may also vote for individual candidates on that list
(preference voting). Each voter may vote only once.
Allocation of seats: d'Hondt method. The
seat allocation is carried out at national level. Any list which has not
obtained at least 4% of the total is excluded from the allocation of seats.
Seats are allocated according to the number of votes per list.
|Deadline for registration: Not later
than 37 days before the elections (7 May 04).
Deposit: None. Every list must pay 3.600,-
EUR to the State for the cost of printing ballot papers.
Conditions: Any voter having reached the age of 19 at the
latest on the day of the european elections and beeing supported by:
- either 3 members of the national parliament
- or an Austrian Member of the European Parliament
- or 2600 registered voters.
|Incompatibilities: Those laid down in
the 1976 Act on Elections to the European Parliament. In addition, the office
of MEP is incompatible with that of member of the Constitutional Court or the
Administrative Court, President or Vice-President of the Court of Auditors,
Ombudsman, director of a limited company, bank, commercial, industrial or
private transport company, provincial credit establishment, medical insurance
scheme or insurance company.
|Other elections on the same day:
|Polling hours: set by local electoral
|The count begins: immediately after
each polling station has closed.
|Final results: The first provisional
results will be released during the night of 13 to 14 June. The final official
results will be published three weeks later.
|Right to vote: All EU citizens having
reached the age of 18 on the day of the european elections and beeing in full
possession of their voting rights in their Member State of origin may
|Voting is not compulsory.
|Austrians resident abroad may vote using polling
|Right to stand for election: Any EU
citizen having reached the age of 19 on the day of the european elections and
beeing in full possession of his right to stand for election in his Member
State of origin may stand.
|Official campaign starting date:
Media access: Newspapers: electoral material in newspapers
must be paid for. Nationalised TV/radio: must be paid for.
Private TV/radio: no rules.
|Opinion polls: No rules.