While Swedish populists are celebrating their particular greatest electoral victory based on early results, mail-in ballots could change the tight race between the right-wing and left-wing blocs and real results may not be known until later on this week.
Following Sunday’s Swedish nationwide elections, the right-wing bloc of the populist Sweden Democrats (SD), the Moderates, the Christian Democrats and the Liberals, were ahead of the left-wing coalition led by the Socialists by simply a single seat at 175 to 174. But the true results will likely not be identified until Wednesday when abroad and postal votes are already counted, according to Sweden’s electoral authority.
Svante Linusson, mathematics professor plus former Electoral Review Board expert, said the results of the foreign and mail-in ballots could change the results up to three per cent but told the newspaper Aftonbladet that the right-wing bloc still had an advantage.
Just 47, 1000 votes separate the two politics blocs and, according to Linusson, the Socialists and the SD are the least likely to make gains when the results of the votes come in on Wed but added that it is not clear which parties of each bloc will benefit the most.