After the mishaps in the election last September in Berlin, the Federal Returning Officer Georg Thiel, in the hearing of the Bundestag Election Review Committee, requested that the Bundestag elections be repeated in six of Berlin’s 12 Bundestag constituencies – not just in the Reinickendorf constituency, in which a mandate relevance was determined.
The six are constituencies 75 (Berlin-Mitte), 76 (Berlin-Pankow), 77 (Berlin-Reinickendorf), 79 (Berlin-Steglitz-Zehlendorf), 80 (Berlin-Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf) and 83 ( Berlin-Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg – Prenzlauer Berg Ost).
The Federal Returning Officer found significant deficiencies in six of the twelve Bundestag constituencies. In Reinickendorf in particular, errors could have distorted the results. There Monika Grütters (CDU) had just won the direct mandate against Torsten Einstmann (SPD).
In addition, if the SPD had received only 800 more votes nationwide, it would have received one more seat in parliament. The members of the Bundestag must take Thiel’s objection seriously, he will be heard on Tuesday himself.
The Bundestag Election Review Committee held the first public hearing in its history on Tuesday.