WIESBADEN – The Federal Electoral Committee at its meeting on 12 August 2005 ascertained in a binding form for all electoral bodies that the following political parties were or have been continuously represented in the Bundestag or a Landtag since the latest relevant elections by at least five representatives based on their own nomination of candidates. Those parties will therefore be entitled to submit a list of candidates for the elections to the 16th Bundestag on 18 September 2005 without being required to submit supporting signatures.
– The following parties represented in the 15th Bundestag as defined in Article 18 (4) 1. of the Federal Electoral Law:
– In addition the following parties:
– represented by 33 members in the House of Representatives of the Land of Berlin since its latest elections on 21 October 2001
– represented by 29 members in the Landtag of Brandenburg since the latest Landtag elections on 19 September 2004
– represented by 13 members in the Landtag of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania since the latest Landtag elections on 22 September 2002
– represented by 31 members in the Landtag of the Free State of Saxony since the latest Landtag elections on 19 September 2004
– represented by 25 members in the Landtag of Saxony-Anhalt since the latest Landtag elections on 21 April 2002
– represented by 28 members in the Landtag of the Free State of Thuringia since the latest Landtag elections on 13 June 2004
7. Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands (NPD),
represented by 12 members in the Landtag of the Free State of Saxony since the latest Landtag elections on 19 September 2004
8. DEUTSCHE VOLKSUNION (DVU),
represented by 6 members in the Landtag of Brandenburg since the latest Landtag elections on 19 September 2004
The Federal Electoral Committee has ascertained in addition that the following 26 associations will have to be recognised as political parties for the elections to the 16th Bundestag; they are listed chronologically by their registration as participating in the elections:
The "Arbeit & soziale Gerechtigkeit – Die Wahlalternative – WASG" – the „Deutsche Kommunistische Partei – DKP –“ and the „ Partei der Sozialen Gerechtigkeit – PSG –“ have withdrawn their registration as participating in the elections.
The above-mentioned parties which have been recognised by the Federal Electoral Committee for the 2005 elections to the Bundestag have to submit supporting signatures for their lists of candidates. Supporting signatures of a minimum of 200 persons entitled to vote in a specific constituency are required for an election proposal at the constituency level, while the signatures of at least one of each 1,000 persons of a given Land, who were entitled to vote during the latest Bundestag elections, but of not more than 2,000 persons are required for placing a proposal for a candidate in the Land list.
At the constituency and the Land levels, the lists of candidates will have to be received by the competent constituency returning officers and land returning officers, respectively, by 15 August 2005 at 6 p.m. at the latest. The admission will be decided upon by Constituency Electoral Committees and Land Electoral Committees, respectively, on 19 August 2005.
For further information please contact:
tel: (+49-611) 75–2012,