Every vote counts on Sunday: You still need to know that for the state elections in Rhein-Erft

The polling stations open at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 15 and close at 6 p.m. By then at the latest you have to have cast your first and second vote in order to have participated in the composition of the new state parliament in Düsseldorf. In the Rhein-Erft district, almost 350,000 voters are called to the ballot box, including more than 20,000 first-time voters. All Germans who have reached the age of 18 on election Sunday and have lived in North Rhine-Westphalia for at least 16 days are entitled to vote.

31 candidates compete in a circle

With the second vote, the voters decide for the state list of a party, with the first vote for the direct candidate in their constituency. In the Rhein-Erft district, 31 candidates are running for three direct mandates in three constituencies. They are running with different priorities, but structural change in the region and getting out of lignite is likely to be the dominant topic in the election campaign and after the election.

Constituency 5 (Rhein-Erft-Kreis I) includes Bedburg, Bergheim, Elsdorf and Pulheim, Constituency 6 includes Frechen, Hürth and Kerpen without the districts of Balkhausen, Brüggen, Türnich and Kerpen. Constituency 7 is divided into Brühl, Erftstadt, Wesseling and the Kerpen districts of Balkhausen, Brüggen, Türnich and Kerpen. Five years ago, the constituencies swapped colors: Until then, three Social Democrats had occupied the direct mandates in the district, then three Christian Democrats from 2017, and Erftstadt-based Ralph Bombis has been an FDP MP since 2012, who entered parliament via the state list.

The SPD is now starting with new staff, the CDU had to present a fresh face with Thomas Okos in constituency 6 after Frank Rock left his office in Düsseldorf during the legislative period to become district administrator in the Rhein-Erft district.

It should be exciting in this constituency: against the Okos (33) with the district party chairman of the SPD, Daniel Dobbelstein, the Greens Antje Grothus and the FDP district party chairman Christian Pohlmann well-known names of district politics.

Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.

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