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Open letter: Staatsrechtler demand reduction of the Bundestag

2019-09-20T03:38:28.970Z

In an open letter, more than a hundred lawyers have appealed to the Bundestag to abolish overhanging and balancing mandates. 709 MPs are unnecessarily expensive.


In an open letter to the Bundestag, more than one hundred state lawyers from Germany appeal to reform the Federal Electoral Law, thereby significantly reducing the number of MPs again. The enormous size of the Bundestag with 709 members impaired its function and caused unnecessary additional costs, they write. As a result of the many surplus and surrender mandates, 111 MPs are currently sitting in Parliament more than the Federal Electoral Act normally provides for. If the right to vote is not adjusted in time, it could even be more than 800 MPs after the next election.

Moreover, the right to vote has become so complicated that, paradoxically, it does the opposite of its true purpose: less democracy. Hardly any voter understood what his two votes ultimately caused.

The lawyers call on the Bundestag to reform the Federal Electoral Law without delay, so that after the next election again only the originally planned 598 deputies sit in parliament. There are already reform proposals that could be made without a costly change in the electoral districts and could therefore be realized in a timely manner.

The demand restrictions on members of all parties, it says in the joint letter. In the interests of the ability to act and reform the Bundestag, however, these would have to be accepted. "Concerned about the reputation of democracy, we appeal to the German Bundestag to begin the reform of the federal election law soon."

In no case should the impression arise that "many MPs would delay the urgently needed changes, because their own shirt is more important to them than the common good skirt - that would severely shake people's trust in our democracy."

Source: zeit

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