The expert report on the Berlin election chaos is a revelation, a long list of Berlin’s incompetence. Senate, election committee, districts – all have failed. One is surprised that the city didn’t fall into disrepute much sooner with this bad habit of organizing elections.
The experts state that the problems with such a complex election were as expected as they were avoidable. So the chaos was not a cosmic injustice that hit Berlin’s state politics and administration, but the consequence of a lack of structures and competence.
It’s good that the experts emphasize that organizing an election is not comparable to building a cycle path (or an airport). It is one of the most important assets in a democracy – and should therefore be taken seriously.
It is therefore all the more important that it is now written in black and white what had recently emerged more and more clearly from the fog of incompetence: Of course, former Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) shares responsibility for the chaos.
Of course, it was unworthy of the SPD man to pretend that he had absolutely nothing to do with the election. Of course, today’s building senator would have to draw political conclusions if he were still in his old position. could have, could.
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It is even more important now that the new Senator for the Interior, Iris Spranger (SPD), does not allow herself to be infected by her predecessor’s lack of commitment to the election. It must implement the Commission’s very specific recommendations for better election organization as quickly as possible.
New elections are already threatening at the beginning of the year – depending on how the Berlin Constitutional Court decides. In any case, the report of the expert commission should have strengthened the arguments for a repetition of the election.