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Berlin election results could be overturned – RT World News


Some voters in the German capital Berlin may have to vote again after the country’s federal election czar filed a formal complaint of irregularities in a parliamentary vote held two months ago.

The election – which saw Berliners decide the makeup of the German parliament, the Bundestag, as well as some city officials – was marred by irregularities at many polling stations, according to official Georg Thiel.

Among the most common problems were the lack of ballots and long lines, with wait times of up to two hours. In some cases, voters were also seen voting after 6 p.m. – the time when all polling stations were supposed to have closed. Thiel, who was responsible for overseeing the elections at the federal level, saw all of the above as reason enough to raise an objection in the German capital, local media reported on Friday.


Berlin election results could be overturned – RT World News

Thiel identified six Berlin constituencies where the irregularities were said to have been endemic, potentially paving the way for a new election in the city.

It is now up to a special Bundestag committee to examine Thiel’s complaint and see whether the reported violations violate German law or electoral procedures. For the vote to be repeated, however, at least one of these violations would have to be considered serious enough to have affected the distribution of seats in the Bundestag.

The September 26 election saw the conservatives of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel take a historic beating, with the Social Democrats in the lead. Since then, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) has been engaged in coalition talks with the Greens and the Free Democratic Party, with the trio due to announce a preliminary deal as early as next week.

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