On May 15, a new state parliament will be elected in North Rhine-Westphalia. Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst wants to repeat the 2017 election success. The election campaign is now entering the critical phase. All important information and current developments on the state election in the new ticker.

Around 13 million citizens in North Rhine-Westphalia are called upon to elect a new state parliament this May. 29 different parties are running in 128 constituencies.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 9:10 a.m.: In the last state election in 2017, almost two-thirds (65.2 percent) of the 13.2 million eligible voters in North Rhine-Westphalia cast their votes. This was announced by the State Statistical Office IT.NRW on Wednesday morning.

Older citizens exercised their right to vote more frequently than younger ones: while among the 21 to 24 year olds the turnout was only a good half of those entitled to vote (50.4 percent of men and 52.4 percent of women), it decreases in the age groups 45 years to values ​​above the national average. Participation was highest, at 75.4 percent, among men aged 70 and over. Overall, according to IT.NRW, male turnout was 65.5 percent, slightly higher than that of women (64.6 percent).

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022, 10 a.m.: The top candidate for the NRW state parliament, Thomas Kutschaty, is hopeful that he can get a better result for his party than Thomas Losse-Müller did in the election in Schleswig-Holstein last Sunday succeeded. “Düsseldorf is not Kiel,” said Kutschaty, referring to the SPD’s losses in Schleswig-Holstein.

Monday, 09.05. 2022, 3:18 p.m .: After their debacle in the state elections in Schleswig-Holstein, the left hopes for a better result in the upcoming elections in North Rhine-Westphalia. “We will fight for every vote to the end,” said party leader Janine Wissler on Monday in Berlin.

The party leader described the result in Schleswig-Holstein, where the left had fallen to 1.7 percent, as “very, very bitter”. However, Wissler also emphasized that the left in the northernmost federal state had always had a difficult time, not least because of the rural structures there. So far, the party has only managed to get into the Kiel state parliament once – in 2009, when it experienced a nationwide boom.

Wissler now wants to focus on the issue of child poverty in the NRW election campaign. She accused the traffic light coalition of having “postponed” this issue because it had not provided the funds for the planned basic child security.

According to all surveys, the left has little chance of entering the state parliament in North Rhine-Westphalia, where elections will be held next Sunday. Accordingly, the party, which was recently shaken by allegations of sexism and the resignation of co-chair Susanne Hennig-Wellsow, is currently at three percent. The federal party wants to elect a new leadership at its Erfurt party conference at the end of June.

Monday, May 9th, 2022, 7:28 a.m.: After the brilliant victory of the CDU in the state elections in Schleswig-Holstein, the parties are now looking forward to the state elections next Sunday in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). On Monday, the leading bodies of the federal parties will meet in Berlin to discuss the results from the north and to draw conclusions for the next vote.

At noon, CDU party leader Friedrich Merz wants to congratulate Schleswig-Holstein’s Prime Minister Daniel Günther and acknowledge the CDU’s best election result in the north since 1987. The situation is completely different for the SPD, which had its worst election result since 1947 on Sunday in the land between the seas with its top candidate Thomas Losse-Müller.

The SPD federal chairman Saskia Esken is nevertheless certain of victory for next Sunday. “In North Rhine-Westphalia we don’t play on court – we play for victory! I am very confident that the new Prime Minister will be called Thomas Kutschaty,” Esken told the newspapers of the Funke media group on Monday. According to surveys, the CDU and SPD in North Rhine-Westphalia are currently neck and neck with their top candidates, Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) and ex-Justice Minister Kutschaty (SPD).

Sunday, May 8th, 2022, 6:37 a.m.: Pedestrians and cyclists are demanding a traffic turnaround from the new state government. They want to emphasize their demands with a large demonstration in Düsseldorf.

A week before the state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia, several thousand people are expected to attend a pedestrian and bicycle demonstration in Düsseldorf on Sunday (from 12 p.m.). Various environmental and transport associations called for the demo. They are demanding more space from the future state government for cycle paths and footpaths in the country and in the city, as well as clean, well-timed and affordable buses and trains.

At noon, a demonstration march is to start on foot from the main train station to the Landtagwiese. A bicycle rally to the state capital is also planned, which will also end in the state parliament. The General German Bicycle Club (ADFC), attac, the Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND), Greenpeace and the Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD) called for the demonstration.

The action alliance criticizes the transport sector as the only area in which emissions of climate-damaging carbon dioxide (CO2) have not fallen for 30 years. A traffic turnaround is also necessary against the background of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine. The war has shown the dependency on fossil fuels, which has led to a dead end. A new state parliament will be elected in North Rhine-Westphalia on May 15th.

Saturday, May 7th, 2022, 6:12 a.m .: FDP Secretary General Bijan Djir-Sarai expressed confidence before the state elections in Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia. “These are two strong national associations that can campaign,” he said in an interview with the AFP news agency. “I am sure that we will be very satisfied with the results in Schleswig-Holstein and NRW.” The question of “which majorities will come about at the end of the day” will be exciting, said Djir-Sarai.

“It is important that the FDP remains in government in both countries,” emphasized Djir-Sarai. In NRW, the FDP general secretary hopes that black and yellow will continue. “It is important that no majority can be formed against the FDP.”

Saturday, May 7th, 2022, 6:02 a.m .: SPD state party leader Thomas Kutschaty relies on the support of Chancellor Scholz in the last week before the NRW state elections. “The chancellor is giving tailwind,” said Kutschaty of the “Neue Westfälische” (Saturday edition) that appears in Bielefeld. According to Kuschaty, Scholz played a “decisive” role in ensuring that there was talk today about whether the SPD could appoint the next prime minister in North Rhine-Westphalia. “It was a joint effort by Düsseldorf and Berlin.” It pleases him and makes him proud that Scholz supported him in the state election campaign, said Kuchaty. If he wins the election on May 15, Kuchaty wants to immediately give tenants’ rights back and abolish the 1,000 meter distance rule for wind turbines very quickly. He would also immediately stamp out the state government’s hospital development plan.

Thursday, May 5th, 2022, 10.35 a.m .: Anyone who wants to cast their vote for the state election on May 15th in person does not have to wear a corona protective mask in the polling stations. But it is recommended. “By putting on a mask, we can protect our own health and at the same time contribute to the infection protection of the honorary members of the electoral board, who spend many hours on election day serving democracy on site,” said state returning officer Wolfgang Schellen on Thursday in Düsseldorf goes who brings his own pen to fill in the ballot.”

Otherwise, the municipalities also took care of hygiene precautions, such as partitions, ventilation, marked walking routes, minimum distances and disinfection measures. “Anyone who does not want to observe the election over a longer period of time should only stay in the polling station for as long as necessary,” recommended the state returning officer. He appealed to all citizens not to prevent infection control measures from going to the polling station, but to keep their vote to deliver.

Thursday, May 5th, 2022, 8:17 a.m .: According to a press release from the NRW Lesbian and Gay Association (LSVD NRW), the state offices of the established parties have made restrictive requirements for the submission of election touchstones for the state election, which state that no more than eight questions with a maximum of 300 characters should be submitted per question. Election touchstones are formulated by interest groups and clubs and the answers of the parties surveyed are published and made available to the members.

Andrea Deckelmann, deputy chairwoman of the PIRATEN NRW and list candidate for the state elections, comments: “It is not only legitimate, but also a contribution to democracy and political decision-making when associations and NGOs compare in the run-up to an election which parties best represent their interests. The formulation, submission and evaluation of the election touchstones is mainly done on a voluntary basis. The fact that the parties, of all people, are making restrictive specifications, which certainly have paid employees to answer them, shows arrogance towards the voters and their interests.”

“We PIRATES are happy when we are considered in election touchstones. For small parties, this visibility is very important. We have received around 500 questions about the state election so far, and we will also be happy to answer short-term questions. 29 parties are running for the 2022 state elections, and nobody can read all the election programs. Formats such as election touchstones, Wahl-O-Mat or WahlSwiper are a decision-making aid for many people,” adds Tatjana Kordic Aguiar, candidate on the list for the state elections and member of the board of directors of the NRW Pirate Party.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022, 10:09 p.m .: SPD and Greens want to extend the rental price brake in the event of a government takeover in North Rhine-Westphalia. SPD top candidate Thomas Kutschaty spoke out on Tuesday in the WDR live broadcast “Wahlarena” for an extension to more municipalities. Only 18 of the almost 400 municipalities in NRW would have a rental price brake. Even in Bavaria, more than 160 municipalities would have this Instrument for limiting rent increases, said the SPD head of state, Greens head of state Mona Neubaur called for a “revised” rent brake.

Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) kept a low profile on the question. The rental price brake must be made “superfluous by affordable housing”, said the CDU top candidate for the state elections on May 15. The right way is to build apartments.

FDP top candidate Joachim Stamp also said: “If we really want to lower rents, we have to build more overall.” The State Minister for Family Affairs suggested inviting star architects to North Rhine-Westphalia who should “build upwards” in a qualitative and sustainable manner. But in the end it shouldn’t look like in Berlin-Marzahn. According to Stamp, the Mietpreisbremse should be reviewed. Where it doesn’t make sense, it should be dropped.

AfD top candidate Markus Wagner is against rent control. The instrument was introduced by Rot-Grün in NRW in 2015.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022, 11:20 a.m.: Twelve days before the state elections, the top candidates from five parties meet on Tuesday (8:15 p.m.) in the WDR “election arena”. Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU), SPD opposition leader Thomas Kutschaty (SPD), Family and Refugee Minister Joachim Stamp (FDP), Green Party leader Mona Neubaur (Greens) and AfD parliamentary group leader Markus Wagner have been invited. WDR Editor-in-Chief Ellen Ehni and “Westpol” moderator Henrik houschen questioned the candidates live in front of an audience for 90 minutes on election campaign issues.

A new state parliament will be elected in North Rhine-Westphalia on May 15th. According to polls, the CDU and SPD are neck and neck. On May 12, Wüst and his challenger Kuchaty meet in a TV duel on WDR.

You can see the election arena here in the live stream

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The state election campaign in North Rhine-Westphalia is gaining momentum: on May 15, 13 million eligible voters can put their crosses and elect a new state parliament. The most important things about the election summarized for you in a nutshell.



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