Slow crowds at the polling stations.  By 4 p.m., more than 40 percent of those eligible to vote had ticked the box.

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Mayor election in Dresden: a good fifth of the areas counted

Dresden – It’s election day in Dresden. The citizens of the city who are entitled to vote will elect a new mayor this Sunday, June 12, 2022. Who will be the new mayor of Dresden or stay Dirk Hilbert (50) in office?

Slow crowds at the polling stations. By 4 p.m., more than 40 percent of those eligible to vote had ticked the box. © Thomas Türpe

The people of Dresden have the choice between nine different candidates. By 4 p.m., more than 40 percent of the 434,000 eligible voters had checked the box.

In addition, according to the electoral office, about one in five voted by post.

No final decision needs to be made this Sunday. In the last mayoral election in 2015, a second ballot was necessary to achieve an absolute majority.

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If the 2022 election goes into the second round, eligible voters will go to the ballot box again on July 10th.

TAG24 keeps you up to date on results and developments.

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6.48 p.m .: Five candidates in double digits

According to the count so far, Dirk Hilbert, Eva Jähnigen, Maximilian Krah, André Schollbach and Albrecht Pallas have a double-digit number of votes.

Martin Schulte-Wissermann (2.9 percent), Jan Pöhnisch (1.2 percent), Marcus Fuchs (4 percent) and Sascha Wolff (1.4 percent) have little to do with the outcome of the election. But everything is intermediate.

6.45 p.m .: Eva Jähnigen has overtaken Albrecht Pallas

After 125 of 538 areas counted, Dirk Hilbert ranks with exactly 30.0 percent of the votes. Maximilian Krah gets 18.5 percent of the votes. Green candidate Eva Jähnigen (16.5 percent) has now overtaken Albrecht Pallas from the SPD (15.2 percent).

6.37 p.m .: New intermediate result

In the meantime, 54 of 538 areas have been counted. Dirk Hilbert is still ahead with 30.9 percent. AfD man Maximilian Krah (19.6 percent) and SPD candidate Albrecht Pallas (15.5 percent) follow. Eva Jähnigen (14.6 percent) takes fourth place.

Dirk Hilbert got the most votes.  However, even the incumbent was unable to achieve an absolute majority.

Dirk Hilbert got the most votes. However, even the incumbent was unable to achieve an absolute majority. © City of Dresden Screenshot

6:28 p.m .: First intermediate results known

13 of 538 areas are counted. No candidate could achieve an absolute majority of the votes. OB Dirk Hilbert got the most votes (31.0 percent), second place went to Maximilian Krah (21.0 percent). Third place so far is SPD candidate Albrecht Pallas (15.2 percent).

The counting of the votes has started.

The counting of the votes has started. © Thomas Türpe

6:16 p.m .: SPD candidate Albrecht Pallas for the mayoral election in Dresden

The parties also say: wait for intermediate results.

At the SPD election party, candidate Albrecht Pallas (42, SPD) announced with reference to the election campaign: “Basically it doesn’t matter how the evening ends tonight, we won.”

Albrecht Pallas (42, SPD) has words of praise for the Social Democrats' election campaign.

Albrecht Pallas (42, SPD) has words of praise for the Social Democrats’ election campaign. ©Roland Kaiser

6:03 p.m.: Polling stations have been closed since 6 p.m

The polling stations are closed.

The counting of the votes has started.

5.48 p.m .: District elections take place parallel to mayor elections

Elections are not only held in Dresden today. In addition, decisions are made on a new district administrator in nine districts.

Results are not expected until late evening. There are no elections in the independent cities of Leipzig and Chemnitz or in the district of Meissen.

5.44 p.m .: Where are the intermediate results to choose from?

Who is running?

When the polling stations close at 6 p.m., the city of Dresden will provide information at following link about first interims.

5:36 p.m .: Posters damaged before district and mayoral elections

Unpleasant side effects of elections at local level.

Before the district and mayoral elections in Saxony, posters were damaged and destroyed in several dozen cases.

By last Friday, 42 such attacks had been registered, as the State Criminal Police Office (LKA) in Saxony announced on request. Theft and damage to property were common, but the use of license plates belonging to unconstitutional organizations was also one of the offences.

There were ten such attacks and thus the most in the state capital of Dresden; Görlitz follows with seven incidents. The total of 20 crime scenes ranged from Annaberg-Buchholz in the Ore Mountains to Bannewitz in the south of Dresden. AfD posters were stolen most frequently.

AfD election posters were stolen most frequently.

AfD election posters were stolen most frequently. © Robert Michael/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa

5:32 p.m .: Turnout at 4 p.m. at 43.6 percent

Before the first interim results, which can be expected from around 6 p.m., the city of Dresden reports the last interim result in terms of voter turnout.

43.6 percent of Dresdeners had voted by 4 p.m.

Cover photo: Thomas Türpe, City of Dresden Screenshot

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