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Berlin constitutional court rules for repeat of 2021 state votes

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Berlin constitutional court rules for repeat of 2021 state votes
Berlin constitutional court rules for repeat of 2021 state votes   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2022   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">BERLIN</span> – Berlin’s constitutional court ruled on Wednesday that elections for the state parliament as well as all 12 district councils must be repeated, according to a spokesperson for the court.</p> <p>The ruling confirms a preliminary assessment by the judges that numerous electoral errors could have affected the distribution of mandates and thus the composition of the city-state’s parliament, the Tagesspiegel newspaper reported.</p> <p>The Berlin Senate’s internal administration and the state election commissioner are already planning for an election on Feb. 12, Tagesspiegel reported.</p> <p>The city-state’s elections in September 2021 have been criticized for mismanagement, taking place on the same day as the Berlin Marathon and during stricter pandemic restrictions. </p> <p>Many voters were forced to wait in queues for hours, and there were reports of incorrect, missing or hastily copied ballots due to massive organizational problems. </p> <p/> </div>