Re-election in Berlin: Senate closes citizen offices for months

As part of the preparations for the mandatory re-election in Berlin, not only are the political leaders closing facilities, but there are also massive restrictions on services for Berliners.

By order of the constitutional court of November 16, the Berlin parliamentary elections must be repeated on February 12, 2023 due to proven bankruptcies, bad luck and breakdowns. As part of the necessary preparations, the Berlin Senate needs sufficient rooms and employees for the implementation of the new election day. Communications from several districts as well as the direct request from the local broadcaster RBB24 to the heads of the Citizens’ Registration Offices now mean additional trouble for the capital city dwellers who are already stressed out in this regard.

Court: Berlin election must be repeated completely

Court: Berlin election must be repeated completely

An annoyance that has been expected and planned for years is, among other things, the attempt to get a timely official appointment. This reality will now become even more difficult at the turn of the year. The transmitter RBB24 informed on the subject of election preparations on November 18:

“A survey by rbb in the twelve districts showed that some citizen registration offices will be closed completely, while others will have to make do with fewer staff. People in Berlin will therefore feel the hectic pace of administration when preparing for the elections in everyday life.”

The following known information is given for the individual districts:

  • In Marzahn-Hellersdorf, the “Helle Mitte” citizens’ registration office has been closed since November 14th until mid-February.
  • Out of Pankow says that something similar is planned here, and that the details will be announced in a timely manner.
  • In Reinickendorf the citizens’ registration office in Reinickendorf-Ost has been closed since the end of October, and the building is now completely occupied by the electoral office.
  • The Bürgeramt Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf will close its doors from December. Spandau (Kladow) from mid-December.

Neukölln does not yet have any final information on how to proceed. According to the article, the districts of Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Mitte, Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Treptow-Köpenick and Lichtenberg want to keep their citizen offices open as much as possible. However, these “will be understaffed because employees are seconded to the elective offices,” according to information from the broadcaster.

Berlin’s state returning officer Stephan Bröchler assumes that between 38,000 and 80,000 election workers will be needed for the new date. The re-election is expected to cost taxpayers 39 million euros from the current state budget. Berlin is still urgently looking for “temporary employees to prepare for and volunteers for the election day itself”. The expense allowance, a “refreshment money”, has already been increased “from 60 to up to 240 euros”.

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