Constituencies and their boundaries defined for the elections to the 18th German Bundestag
WIESBADEN – On 19 April 2012, the 20th Act amending the Federal Elections Act (Federal Law Gazette I page 518) will enter into force. As reported by the Federal Returning Officer, the boundaries and descriptions of the 299 Bundestag constituencies for the elections to the 18th German Bundestag are laid down in the Annex to that Act. Compared with the former structure, the legislator has redrawn the boundaries of 32 constituencies for the 2013 Bundestag Election.
The changes are as follows:
Another eleven constituencies were renamed while their boundaries remained unchanged.
The need to alter the distribution of constituencies among Länder and redraw the boundaries of individual constituencies results, among others, from the provisions of Section 3 (1), first sentence, nos. 2, 3 and 5 of the Federal Elections Act. It stipulates that the number of constituencies in the individual Länder has to correspond as far as possible to their share of the population. The population of a constituency should not deviate from the average population of all constituencies by more than 15 per cent in either direction; where the deviation is greater than 25 per cent, the boundaries have to be redrawn. The boundaries of municipalities, districts and towns not attached to a municipal district should be adhered to where possible when constituency boundaries are defined.
For detailed information on the constituencies, their boundaries and a map please refer to the website of the Federal Returning Officer at http://www.bundeswahlleiter.de/de/bundestagswahlen/BTW_BUND_13/wahlkreiseinteilung/
For further information please contact:
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