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After the catastrophe in 2021, the federal election in Berlin will likely be partially repeated. The CDU and AfD could make slight positive factors. According to Wegner, the CDU's plus is because of his state get together. Kühnert can breathe a sigh of reduction.

Gains for the CDU and AfD, losses for the site visitors gentle events SPD and FDP and solely a small loss for the Greens: In the partial repeat of the federal election in Berlin, the federal pattern has prevailed.

After counting nearly all votes (99.9 p.c), the SPD stays the strongest get together within the capital with 22.3 p.c (-1.2 share factors), carefully adopted by the Greens with 22.0 p.c (-0.3). The CDU improved to 17.2 p.c (+1.3), the Left virtually maintained its consequence from the 2021 election at 11.5 p.c (+0.1). The AfD climbs to 9.4 p.c (+1.0) and pushes previous the FDP, which falls to eight.1 p.c (-0.9).

Wegner: CDU-Plus is because of the state get together

Berlin's Governing Mayor Kai Wegner attributed the anticipated progress of his CDU to the work of the state get together. “This is mainly because we do good government work in Berlin,” mentioned Wegner on RBB tv. His get together, which governs the capital along with the SPD, performed an intensive election marketing campaign. “We have a good mood for the CDU in the city.”

Kühnert retains direct mandate

SPD General Secretary Kevin Kühnert defended his direct mandate within the Bundestag. According to the state election authorities, Kühnert misplaced barely within the first votes in comparison with the primary try in 2021, however ended up in first place within the Tempelhof-Schöneberg constituency within the general consequence with 26.7 p.c. The general result’s made up of the votes solid on Sunday and people nonetheless legitimate within the unique election on September 26, 2021.

Green MP Renate Künast, who entered the Bundestag by way of the get together's state checklist in 2021, got here in second place with 25.2 p.c. CDU politician Jan-Marco Luczak confirmed third place with 22.4 p.c.

Voter turnout is falling

According to the state election authority, 40.2 p.c of eligible voters solid their votes by 4 p.m. – two hours earlier than the polling stations closed. In 2021 it was 57 p.c within the electoral districts in query on the similar time. In all Berlin electoral districts mixed – together with those who didn’t vote once more – voter turnout within the federal election was 75.2 p.c.

According to the state election authorities, the voting course of on Sunday went largely easily regardless of steady rain. “From an organizational point of view, the election went well,” mentioned state returning officer Stephan Bröchler within the RBB.

However, there have been some “mistakes” which might be widespread for an election of this magnitude. There had been delays in not less than two circumstances. In a polling station within the Pankow district, a key was lacking for a locked room with the voting paperwork that had been then delivered by the district.

Start of an vital election yr

The election marks the beginning of an vital election yr in Germany: the European elections happen on June ninth, adopted by state elections in Saxony, Thuringia and Brandenburg in September. Even earlier than the repeat election in Berlin, it was clear that this may not change the bulk within the Bundestag or the vast majority of the site visitors gentle coalition – the proportion of these entitled to repeat voting out of all eligible voters nationwide is simply 0.9 p.c.

Election day 2021 was chaotic

On September 26, 2021, along with the election for the Bundestag, the elections for the Berlin House of Representatives, the district council assemblies and a referendum passed off within the capital. Quite a bit went improper again then: lengthy queues in entrance of polling stations, lacking or incorrect poll papers, a short lived interruption in voting in some locations – the checklist of issues was lengthy. Some voters solid their votes properly after 6 p.m., when forecasts and projections had already been revealed.

For this motive, the 2 botched elections on the state and district stage had been fully repeated on February 12, 2023 by order of the Berlin Constitutional Court. Organizationally, every little thing went largely easily on the time; the political consequence was a change of presidency from red-green-red to black-red.

The Karlsruhe judges, in flip, solely partially declared the federal election invalid in a ruling from December 2023. Nevertheless, it was the primary repeat election in historical past ordered by the Federal Constitutional Court.

Repeat with some particular options

The partial repetition had some peculiarities. The events weren’t allowed to place ahead any new candidates; the poll paper needed to appear to be it did in 2021. This led, for instance, to the previous AfD member of the Bundestag Birgit Malsack-Winkemann formally working once more, who had not made it into the Bundestag in 2021. She was arrested in a large-scale raid in December 2022 and is in custody. The Federal Prosecutor's Office accuses her of membership and help of a (right-wing) terrorist group.

Voting passed off in all twelve Berlin federal parliamentary constituencies, though to very totally different levels. In Pankow, 85 p.c of the polling districts had been affected, in Lichtenberg solely 2.9 p.c.