What a resounding slap in the face for Berlin: “The elections were so inadequately prepared that their success was endangered from the start,” says the President of the Berlin Constitutional Court, Ludgera Selting, in a statement. Now the court is considering a full repeat of the Berlin election.
The numerous mistakes could have had an impact on the distribution of mandates and thus the composition of Parliament. The election conditions, sometimes with waiting times of several hours, were also unreasonable. In addition, the election was too long: the polling stations were still open 350 hours after 6 p.m.
That got everything rolling “Tichy’s Insight”. As the German online magazine reported in May, the responsible election officials may have deliberately tried to cover up the chaos. The medium had the protocol for a polling station, which substantiated the suspicion of cover-up or even election fraud. Accordingly, in the 2021 federal election in Berlin, a large number of people voted with false ballots. Marcel Luthe, candidate for the House of Representatives, then filed criminal charges against those responsible at the district electoral office due to the revelations.
The court has now confirmed what “Tichy’s Insight” has repeatedly underlined since the start of the research: Thousands were either unable to cast their votes at all, or under unreasonable conditions, or not uninfluenced. This is only the tip of the iceberg – which is probably not just about isolated cases.
All of this is also relevant to the mandate and cannot be downplayed, as politicians and the media have done. The recorded number of votes cast incorrectly or on copied ballot papers is simply too high. According to the court, which will make a judgment in the next 90 days, only a repeat election can bring about a constitutional state. That would mean: new elections in Berlin in the spring of 2023.
“Tichys Insight” comments: “It remains questionable how the Bundestag wants to justify a valid Bundestag election in a city in which there are so many irregularities that the simultaneous district and parliamentary elections there are on the brink. As the court described, should the mistakes not lead to a repetition, trust in democracy would be permanently and severely damaged.”