In a number of German provinces, voter turnout at the moment exceeds the figures registered during past parliamentary elections. These are the data regarding individual election commissions, writes Spiegel.
In particular, in North Rhine-Westphalia, as of 12:00, about 40% of voters already voted, while in the 2013 elections this figure was 37%.
In the capital of the country, Berlin by 12.00 voted 27.2% of citizens, which is 0.1% higher than four years ago.
In Hamburg, 37.4% of the citizens voted (35.4% in the previous elections), in Munich, by the afternoon, 57.1% of voters came to polling stations, which is 12.8% more than in the previous elections.
We recall, during the pre-elections campaign, Germany reporded more than 3,600 violations.
Earlier it was reported that the polling stations opened at 8 am, and the votes can be cast until 6 pm. The preliminary results will be announced after the polling stations are closed.
“The ballots will be counted manually. Electronic devices will be used only for revealing the results. The preliminary results are expected after the polling stations are closed. There are 589 seats in the Bundestag, and almost 5,000 candidates are running for them,” our reporter says.
The front-runner of this election is Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union. If the party wins, Merkel will remain the Chancellor of Germany.
“By the poll results, Angela Merkel has all of the chances to be re-elected as the German Chancellor for the fourth time, as her party, the Christian Democratic Union, is supported by 37% of Germans. Her main competitor is the Social Democratic Party headed by Martin Schulz. About 1/3 of Germans support it,” the reporter noted.