In the election to the House of Representatives, there were irregularities in numerous Berlin polling stations.

An independent commission of experts is to investigate the election breakdowns in Berlin on September 26th

Berlin – An independent commission of experts is to investigate the election breakdowns in Berlin on September 26th.

In the election to the House of Representatives, there were irregularities in numerous Berlin polling stations. © Sebastian Gollnow / dpa

The Berlin Senate decided on Tuesday to set up the body.

According to Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (55, SPD), it should include around 20 experts from several federal states, including lawyers, representatives of civil society and practitioners from election officers. Initially, seven meetings are planned to analyze the processes and develop suggestions so that this does not happen again.

The commission should submit its recommendations to the Senate by the end of March.

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“The work has a clear mandate: We have to regain trust that has been lost,” said Geisel. “There can be no doubt in our country that an election is being carried out properly.” That is why an open error analysis with subsequent consequences is necessary.

In the election to the House of Representatives, there were irregularities in numerous Berlin polling stations. These included delays in sending postal voting documents, incorrect or missing ballot papers, interruptions or long queues in front of polling stations. Several hundred polling stations were open longer than usual.

After various objections to election results, including the state election control and von Geisel himself, the Berlin Constitutional Court has to decide whether the election has to be repeated at least in individual constituencies. If the judges affirm this, such a by-election could, according to the Senator, take place before the summer break next year.

The Constitutional Court announced that it would make a decision this spring, said Geisel. A new election that may have been ordered must then be implemented no later than 90 days later.

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