DateEtc - Hook Up With Like Minded People Today

Subscribe to our channel! rupt.ly/subscribe

After reports of long queues and missing ballot papers during Berlin’s so-called ‘super election day’ in Berlin on Sunday, the city’s top election official said mistakes would be ‘seriously investigated.’
Speaking at a press conference in the German capital in Berlin on Monday, State Election Officer Petra Michaelis said that "an inventory of the relevant election mistakes" would be carried out.
"We will have to seriously investigate if voters were not able to cast their vote. This allegedly happened because they were not provided with a sufficient amount of ballot papers or the correct ballot papers," Michaelis added.
On Sunday Berliners went to the polls to vote for the new Bundestag, as well as for state elections, and a referendum on expropriating properties from housing giants in the city.
Michaelis said that one reason for the election issues could be COVID-19 hygiene restrictions and the increase in the amount of polling stations.
The election official also didn’t rule out whether the election would have to be repeated due to the issues, ahead of the offical release of the results on October 14.
“The election is democratic when all voters were able to use their right to cast their vote. And if it is the case that some voters were hindered then – as I already said – this is a relevant election mistake, and then it is a violation against the regulation of voting rights," she stressed.

SOT, Petra Michaelis, State election officer for Berlin (German): "I thought we were well prepared, and I was going into this election day rather confident – not rather, you can cross that, I was confident. Of course, I knew that such a super election day never happened before in the history of the city and that problems can occur.”

SOT, Petra Michaelis, State election officer for Berlin (German): "For me it was incomprehensible, that ballot papers ran out at some polling stations, I didn’t expect this at all. And furthermore, that apparently the additional delivery to some polling station didn’t work. This was something that I didn’t expect.”

SOT, Petra Michaelis, State election officer for Berlin (German): "​Of course we took care of providing enough ballot papers. For each of the elections we had the amount of 110 to 120 percent of the eligible voters.”

SOT, Petra Michaelis, State election officer for Berlin (German): "The districts have considerably raised the amount of polling stations because of corona and the amount of single election events to a total of 2,257 polling stations throughout the city. And, the number of votes by letter districts was considerably raised to 1,507. This was more than a doubling.”

SOT, Petra Michaelis, State election officer for Berlin (German): "Now we will do an inventory of the relevant election mistakes. Now you wonder what I consider relevant election mistakes – surely we will have to seriously investigate if voters were not able to cast their vote, this allegedly happened because they were not provided with the sufficient amount of ballot papers or the correct ballot papers.”

SOT, Petra Michaelis, State election officer for Berlin (German): "​Surely I think it’s relevant when ballot papers were mixed up, if ballot papers for the Senate were distributed in one constituency for a different constituency. The reason for this I can only speculate about at this moment.”

SOT Petra Michaelis, State election officer for Berlin (German): "Then I was also told that in some cases the ballot papers for one of the election events were not distributed and that the election committee only realised this later. Ah, we had to hand out five ballot papers and not only four.”

SOT, Petra Michaelis, State election officer for Berlin (German): "The election is democratic when all voters were able to use their right to cast their vote. And if it is the case that some voters were hindered than – as I already said – this is a relevant election mistake and then it is a violation against the regulation of voting rights.

*UPSOUND* Journalist (German): "Do you think it’s likely that the election in Berlin will have to be repeated?

Petra Michaelis (German): "I cannot say that yet.”

SOT, Petra Michaelis, State election officer for Berlin (German): "The final result for Berlin will be determined on October 11th respectively October 14th. After that, the respite for a challenge starts.”
#Berlin #Election #Germany

Video ID: 20210927-046

Video on Demand: https://ruptly.tv/videos/20210927-046
Contact: cd@ruptly.tv

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Ruptly
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Ruptly









Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *