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World Court considers full repetition of Berlin elections necessary

23:00  28 september  2022
23:00  28 september  2022 Source:   dw.com

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The Berlin Constitutional Court considers a complete repetition of the House of Representatives election of September last year necessary. This is the only way "a constitutional result", court president Ludgera Selting said on Wednesday at the trial on the objections to the election result. There were "a variety of election errors" that were also relevant to mandate. Against this background, the Court tends to declare the elections invalid.

Der Berliner Verfassungsgerichtshof hält eine vollständige Wiederholung der Abgeordnetenhauswahl für notwendig. Nur so könne © ODD Andersen The Berlin Constitutional Court considers a complete repetition of the House of Representatives to be necessary. This is the only way "a constitutional result", said court president Ludgera Selting.

The court sees the mandate relevance for the second voice in all 78 constituencies, Salting said in the first legal assessment it presented. The election errors therefore had an impact on the distribution of seats in parliament. The well -known election errors are also "only the tip of the iceberg". According to the current status,

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, according to the current status, the elections for the Berlin district council meetings should also be completely repeated. The representatives at the district level were newly elected on September 26, 2021 together with the House of Representatives and the Bundestag.

The judge also criticized the national election management. This was "not sufficiently fulfilled by your control and coordination obligation". Among other things, the small number of voting booths and ballot pensions was a direct episode "of this inadequate preparation".

Before the Constitutional Court was negotiated about the objections to the election result around a year after the elections on Wednesday. The nine judges initially only dealt with four out of 35 submitted objections- those from the state election management, the Senate Administration as well as the AfD and the party. These are suitable for "covering all relevant questions in connection with the voting events", the court said in advance.

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According to the legal assessment by Selting, the authors of these four appeals had the opportunity to comment. She sees no mandate relevance regarding the second votes and "no comprehensive failure," said former deputy state election manager Ulrike Rockmann. Almost all voters could have dialed properly. Rockmann had only lodged their objection to the first vote result in two constituencies.

similar to State Secretary Torsten Akmann (SPD) for the Senate Administration. The majority of the voters were able to give up the votes, he said. He was concerned that the existing mandates will be devalued in the event of a complete repetition. The satirical party, on the other hand, approved the legal assessment of the court in its statements.

Because of the many participants - according to the court, 200 people had already announced their coming in advance - negotiated in an lecture hall from the Free University. It was therefore the largest court hearing of this kind in the capital. After around seven hours and numerous statements by participants, this came to an end in the evening.

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The court will advise itself and report promptly about the further course of procedure, said court president Selting. According to the law, the judges have three months for their decision. Depending on how this fails, the choice can then be repeated - in entirely or in individual constituencies.

In the election last September there were numerous breakdowns in the capital - such as a lack of ballot papers, long queues or in the meantime closed polling stations. There were also numerous appeals against the result of the Bundestag election in Berlin - especially from the federal election manager Georg Thiel. However,

is responsible for their examination. The committee is currently developing a recommendation for a decision, which in the end must vote on the Bundestag plenum. This should actually be adopted in the committee on Thursday.

Because of new knowledge from the Berlin court hearing, this should be postponed, as the AFP news agency learned from committee circles on Wednesday. The resolution is now expected to take place in October, it said. Federal election leader Thiel has spoken in favor of repeating the Bundestag election in six of the twelve Berlin constituencies.

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