In his tweet, Aiwanger published alleged election forecasts.
The Federal Returning Officer now assumes that the numbers were invented.
Munich - Hubert Aiwanger (Free Voters) caused a stir on election day with a tweet.
In it he published alleged election forecasts.
"The numbers that were circulated, which were only available on the account for a few minutes, were also not numbers from a post-election survey," said a statement from the Federal Returning Officer.
This means that the tweet on Aiwanger's Twitter profile on election day is not fined.
The legal check is actually finished, so the matter could be finished at this point - but it is not.
Because where the numbers come from, which Aiwanger published on election day with an alleged reference to the research group Wahlen, is still not known.
Aiwanger does not fully agree with the statement by the Federal Returning Officer.
Aiwanger reacts to invented numbers - "third person" in the game
A few weeks ago, the head of the Free Voters apologized to the Bavarian state parliament for his tweet from election Sunday, in which alleged voter surveys on the federal election were published. At the time, with reference to the ongoing legal review by the Federal Returning Officer, he did not want to "make any further statements" on the matter. In the meantime, Aiwanger responded to statements by a spokeswoman for the Federal Returning Officer, who explained on Friday that the numbers did not come from a post-election survey, but beyond that it was not possible to understand where the number for the percentage of free voters came from. "We assume that it was invented by whoever," said the spokeswoman.
The Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs defends himself against these assumptions: “We and I did not add any figures,” Aiwanger told the German Press Agency on Friday.
That is not enough - according to Aiwanger, the Federal Returning Officer knows where the numbers come from: "The figures, including the number of free voters, came in full from a third person who is known to the Federal Returning Officer." This was also checked.
Aiwanger had been attacked not only by the political opponent but also by the Bavarian coalition partner CSU because of the tweet.
Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) demanded an apology - Aiwanger complied with the demand and apologized in the state parliament.
(dpa / leb)