Press release no. 04/17 of June 27, 2017
Federal Electoral Committee decides on recognition of parties for the 2017 Bundestag Election
WIESBADEN – The Federal Returning Officer, Dieter Sarreither, has invited the Federal Electoral Committee to convene for its first meeting for the election to the 19th German Bundestag. At the public meeting, the Federal Electoral Committee will discuss and decide on the recognition of political associations as parties for the election to the Bundestag on 24 September 2017. The meeting will be held in the German Bundestag building in Berlin, Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus (entrance Adele-Schreiber-Krieger-Straße 1), room 3.101 (Anhörungssaal), on Thursday, 6 July 2017, 11 a.m. and on Friday, 7 July 2017, 9 a.m.
For all electoral bodies of the coming Bundestag election, the Federal Electoral Committee will establish with binding effect:
- which parties have been continuously represented by at least five deputies in the German Bundestag or in a Land parliament since the last election to the relevant assembly and on the basis of nominations made by the party itself. These parties will be entitled to submit nominations without being required to submit supporting signatures.
- which of the other associations that have notified the Federal Returning Officer of their intended participation in the election to the 19th German Bundestag have to be recognised as parties for that election under Section 2 of the Political Parties Act.
The findings of the Federal Electoral Committee may be contested within a period of four days by lodging a complaint with the Federal Constitutional Court.
Upon expiry of the statutory exclusive period on 19 June 2017 at 6 p.m., 63 associations had notified the Federal Returning Officer of their intended participation in the 2017 Bundestag Election, as was reported on 20 June 2017 (2013: 58 notifications of participation).
Those wishing to observe the meetings of the Federal Electoral Committee will have to pass security checks before entering the Bundestag buildings and show their identity cards. Visitors may only access the meeting room (Anhörungssaal, room 3.101) in the Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus via the entrance at Adele-Schreiber-Krieger-Straße 1.
For further information:
Office of the Federal Returning Officer
tel: +49 611 75-4863
All media representatives will require valid accreditation to enter the Bundestag buildings.
All other visitors will have to pass security checks before entering the Bundestag buildings and show their identity cards. It is advisable to register at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, 3 July 2017, 6 p.m., by providing your surname, first name and date of birth. The visitors' data will be checked against the Police Information System (INPOL) and used for admission control. After the end of the visit the data will be destroyed. Please bring along your valid identity card!
Those who have not registered in advance but want to attend the meeting of the Federal Electoral Committee may come directly to the entrance of Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus (Berlin, Adele-Schreiber-Krieger-Straße). In that case, visitors should however expect longer waiting times because of the necessary security checks.