An Austrian pollster has been arrested in the investigation into potentially falsified polls and corrupt practices in favor of a political party. As a result of the scandal, Austrian ÖVP Chancellor Sebastian Kurz stepped up over the weekend.
The woman is described by the newspaper Der Standard as a pollster B. She is said to have been apprehended for destroying evidence, while she would have played a central role in the whole affair. Just before a previous search by the special unit investigating the case, she erased the hard drive from her computer. The researchers found nothing more.
B. would have falsified polls in favour of the Peoples Party (ÖVP) years ago. She would have had money for that through opaque constructions. Kurz was succeeded by his party mate Alexander Schallenberg. Kurz claims to have done nothing wrong and fights the allegations.