Dobrindt counts on agreement with spd on electoral law reform

Dobrindt counts on agreement with spd on electoral law reform

CSU party leader alexander dobrindt expects an early agreement with the SPD in the dispute over electoral law reform.

"As the CDU/CSU, we have made a proposal that roughly limits the bundestag and includes all the elements that are currently under discussion with which such a limit can be organized," dobrindt told dpa in berlin. "So i hope that in the near future we will be able to reach an agreement with our coalition partner, the SPD."

He also expects that there will be an agreement with the SPD in the next few weeks "that we will not wait until 2025 to set a limit, but also in 2021," said dobrindt. He expects the legislative process to be completed in september. The bundestag comes from 7. September to convene for first regular session after summer break.

According to dobrindt, agreeing to the union’s compromise on electoral reform would lead to a permanently smaller federal parliament. The limiting elements were "not just going to work for the next or the next election period," he said. The union proposal would mean "a fundamental reform of the electoral law and a limitation of the bundestag, which would also have a lasting effect and ensure that for all future elections the danger of a self-aggrandizing bundestag is contained".

What is needed now is a political agreement with the SPD, the CSU politician said. "Then preparatory work can be done for a reduction of the electoral districts, so that in september this is ready for decision in the parliament."An agreement with the opposition is also possible. The union’s proposal has "all the essential elements that have always been formulated by other parties in the past". Namely: reduction of electoral districts, equalization-free overhang mandates, the distribution of mandates between the federal states."

According to dobrindt, a reduction in the number of 299 electoral districts nationwide to 280 would lead to the dissolution of two electoral districts in bavaria. The number of constituencies affected is much higher, however, as all adjacent constituencies are affected. All in all, there will be changes in about ten bavarian electoral districts as a result of the reform. The essence of the union proposal is to reduce the number of electoral districts from 299 to 280 and to no longer compensate for seven overhang mandates with compensatory mandates.


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