The chairman of the Berlin electoral commission, Petra Michaelis, resigned due to queues at the polling stations during the elections to the Bundestag on 26 September. Michaelis statement published on the official website of Berlin.
“As part of the duties of the head of the land election commission, I take responsibility for the circumstance of the elections on September 26, 2021. I appeal to the Berlin Senate with a request to relieve me of my post <...> and to approve my successor, “the portal quotes Michaelis as saying.
On September 26, elections were held in Berlin for the Bundestag, as well as for city and municipal representatives. During the voting, a marathon was held in the city, which made it difficult to transport ballots to the polling stations. In this regard, those wishing to vote lined up in long queues. Residents were asked to put a mark only on ballots for federal elections, since there were no local election ballots.
Due to the current situation, the sections, which were supposed to close at 18:00 local time, continued to work. After this incident, the federal electoral commission demanded a report on violations from Petra Michaelis.
We will remind, on the first day of elections of deputies to the State Duma, which took place in Russia from 17 to 19 September 2019, in a number of cities at polling stations, abnormally large queues of employees of budgetary spheres and military personnel were formed.
How reported Meduza, citing a source close to the Russian presidential administration, obliged employees of budgetary organizations to vote on the first day of elections by 12 noon. Source The Insider at the same time reportedthat in secure enterprises, workers were forced to attach to the polling station next to their work, so that the voting would take place in an orderly manner.