Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen promotes voting in Sunday’s presidential elections with a new video on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (see video above). Against a red-white-red background, he says, “You know, I stand for experience, independence, reasonableness and stability.” The incumbent, of course, has little opinion about a possible second round: “It would be good for Austria if we had clarity on Sunday.”
The day of the elections is approaching and it is now up to the people to decide who will be the next Federal President and who will represent Austria in the world. “My understanding of office is to serve Austria exclusively. And as far as I know and believe,” Van der Bellen emphasizes in the video.
“Please trust me”
In the spirit of his previous performance, Van der Bellen also separates the federal president from the campaigner in his latest campaign video. The president, only asking to vote, leaves the video for a moment, the campaigner comes back: “As a candidate, may I add: please trust me.” He will handle it carefully.
In “Pass Doesn’t Matter Choice” all the way up front
Meanwhile, the “Pass Egal Wahl 2022”, initiated by the aid organization SOS Mitmensch for the federal presidential elections, registered a record attendance with more than 8,500 participants. People can participate in this symbolic election regardless of their citizenship. Van der Bellen had 73 percent of the people without an Austrian passport, followed by Dominik Wlazny with 15 percent, SOS Mitmensch announced on Wednesday.
Michael Brunner and Walter Rosenkranz each took three percent, Gerald Grosz, Heinrich Staudinger and Tassilo Wallentin two percent each. The NGO stressed that the result was not representative of all people without Austrian citizenship – it was more about actively setting an example for an inclusive democracy. FPÖ Secretary General Michael Schnedlitz nevertheless criticized and spoke on Wednesday of a “democratic more than dubious project”.