State election control wants to appeal against the Berlin election

Berlin The state election control wants to appeal to the Berlin Constitutional Court against the results of the election to the House of Representatives in Berlin on September 26th. In two constituencies there were violations of the electoral law that could have an impact on the distribution of mandates, said state returning officer Petra Michaelis on Thursday at a meeting of the state electoral committee.

Overall, according to Michaelis, there were irregularities in 207 of 2,257 polling stations. “That is a number that must scare us all and must also annoy us,” said Michaelis. On the other hand, she could state that the election in over 2000 polling stations went off without any problems.

After checking all the relevant documents from all Berlin districts, Michaelis presented a list with details of what went wrong. These included delays in sending postal voting documents, incorrect or missing ballot papers, a temporary interruption of the election process in 73 pubs or long queues in front of polling stations. Several hundred polling stations were open longer than usual.

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