Berlin high court orders for new state elections


Previous state elections declared void after chaos during 2021 vote violates German election law 

The German constitutional court has announced that the Berlin will have to go through elections again within the next 90 days. According to a report in DW, the announcement was made on Wednesday, November 16, after the court stated that the organizational chaos reported during the last elections in 2021, made the vote invalid.  

According to the report, the court stated that the decision was taken on account of the ´frequency and gravity´ of the mistakes committed by the organizers of the elections. This led to a serious systematic flaw in the preparation for the elections. 

The presiding Judge Ludgera Selting, said that mistakes made during the election were so widespread that there is a possibility of them altering the final result of the elections.  

The state elections in 2021 had resulted in several problems during polling. According to the report, people were made to wait for several hours at voting stations after the booths ran out of ballot papers. The report also stated that in several instances, election ballot papers were also delivered to wrong districts. Several people were turned back from voting after waiting in queues for hours.

The voting process was also severely affected after the state authorities had allowed an international marathon on the same day as the state elections.

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