Voting in Austria’s national elections started early this morning with one of the first polling stations to open at Vienna airport.
Traditionally, travellers are given the chance to vote before leaving Austria on election day.
The two far-right parties could make headway in this poll less than a decade after the rise of the right led to EU sanctions.
The Social Democrats, led by Werner Faymann
have based their campaign on an anti-inflation package.
Many voters are said to be disenchanted with the two main parties after their shakey coaltion collapsed in July after just eighteen months.
Wilhelm Molterer of the conservative People’s Party was the one who called off the coalition. His strategy now is to portray himself as pillar of stability.
The new leader of the right-wing Freedom Party is Hans Christian Strache.
While demanding a halt to immigration he is appealing to the centre left with calls to tackle inflation.
And then there’s Joerg Heider who leads the rival right-wing splinter group Alliance for Austria’s Future. He claims to have moderated his more extreme views.