Wiesbaden (dpa / lhe) – After the local elections in Hesse, vote counting continued on Sunday evening in many communities. The polling stations closed at 6 p.m.
The composition of the new district councils, city and municipal parliaments and municipalities was voted for a period of five years. In the days before the vote there was already a high percentage of voting per post.
For the night of Monday, the State Bureau of Statistics has only announced a trend for the national result. The results for district assemblies and city councils of independent cities are pouring in. But even these preliminary results dragged on on Sunday evening due to the high percentage of postal votes in many places.
In Frankfurt, Darmstadt, Gießen and Kassel, the Greens were ahead in the evening (from 9.15 pm). In the capital Wiesbaden, a mutual race started between the CDU and the Greens. In Fulda the CDU was by far the strongest party, in Offenbach the SPD. However, not many votes were counted in the cities.
Across Hesse, about 4.7 million men and women were eligible to vote. This includes 423,000 EU foreigners. In Hesse, this group was able to participate in local elections for the first time in 1997 under the same conditions as German citizens.
In view of the corona pandemic, the polling stations are subject to the usual hygiene rules with mask requirements and distance rules. Voters should preferably bring their own ballpoint pen. The country had also outfitted election officials with FFP2 masks, surgical masks, and gloves.
Candidates from a total of 20 parties and 585 voter groups threw in their hats for a seat in the local parliaments. That is three parties and 34 groups of voters more than in the local elections five years ago.
The number of votes depends on the seats in the relevant municipal parliament. Votes can be given individually or several times (cumulation) to candidates from different election proposals (variation). One can also cast all votes of a party or electoral community, combine both voting forms and delete individual names. This sometimes led to huge ballots. Counting also takes longer than usual in state elections. In the expected trend results for Sunday evening, only the ballots with an entire list ticked are counted.
On Sunday, the councils for foreigners were also re-elected. The basic requirement is that more than 1000 people with a non-German nationality live in a municipality. At the same time, 34 (senior) mayor and five district administrators were voted on in Hesse.
In Hanau, for example, the SPD politician Claus Kaminsky was confirmed in office with a clear result of 56.17 percent of the votes cast. The graduate in administrative management, who has held the main post at Hanau City Hall since 2003, was challenged with nine deaths after the racially motivated attack last year and became nationally known as a result. In Limburg and Wetzlar, on the other hand, there was no clear winner, there is always a second election.