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Equality in the Landtag Brandenburg parity law ends up before the country's constitutional court

The gender equality in the electoral lists of the parties to the case for the Brandenburg state constitutional court. At the end of January of the Potsdam Parliament with the parity law had a binding women's quota for the land the parties in state elections was introduced. The scheme should take effect by the middle of 2020 in force and does not apply to the state election on 1. September.

But first, will now be examined whether the new law is constitutionally permissible. A organstreit proceedings is pending, the request was received in the first half of March, said a court spokesman in Potsdam. When a decision by the country's constitutional court in the case of expected could be, was open. According to information, the right-wing NPD has filed in March, a constitutional complaint against the law.

the Amendment of The country electoral law had been brought by the opposition Green group on the way. Together with the SPD-Left coalition, the first nationwide law of this kind was adopted. The new regulations according to which the land lists of the parties for state elections need to be filled in the future, alternating women and men.

Currently, 35 women and 53 men

include the Brandenburg state Parliament Against the act have been announced by various parties to constitutional proceedings. The lawsuit, currently being prepared, said Guido Körber from the Brandenburg pirates-national Association of the press service epd. Also the parliamentary party of the AfD am preparing a constitutional complaint against the law, said AfD spokesman Detlef Frye. The FDP was investigating the Complaint against the parity law, said the country, the Chairman of Axel Graf Bülow on request.

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The CDU had said constitutional concerns, the law group speaker, Martin Burmeister. In the current legislature will, however, not filed a lawsuit. The Free voters held the law to be problematic, would not be complaining, however, said the people's Deputy Peter Vida.

Currently, 35 women and 53 men are members of the Brandenburg Landtag. The proportion of women is 39.8 percent. The fractions of the SPD and the Greens the same number of women and men already now, in the case of the SPD it are 15, the Greens three each women and men. On the Left are with nine Members and eight male members women are slightly more represented than men.

In the Berlin house of representatives, it is ordered by the gender ratio is even worse

under-represented women are currently the CDU, the AfD and the Free voters. The CDU is represented with 16 men and five women in the Brandenburg state Parliament, the AfD with seven men and two women. Two, in the meantime, the group of men who were first chosen as AfD's Deputy in the Landtag. The non-attached Free voters are represented by two men and a woman in the Brandenburg state Parliament.

Not much better than in Brandenburg, it looks at gender relations in Berlin. According to information from the Senate Department for equality, the women's quota fell in the Berlin house of representatives after the election in 2016 to 33 percent. In 2011, the value was 35 percent. In the country Parliament, half as many female (53) male members (107) to sit. The proportion of women is at the lowest level for 15 years.

equality Senator Dilek Kolat (SPD) evaluates to the low proportion of women in the Berlin house of representatives as a "clear deficit of democracy". "The low percentage of women in parliaments is unacceptable," said Kolat. They therefore welcome the step of the coalition groups, a parity to bring the law on the way.

A Change in the Berlin election law

Within the groups, the proportion of women is, according to the Senate administration in the Green at the highest (59 percent). On the left of a row group with a proportion of women is 48 percent. The SPD come, meanwhile, to a rate of 40 percent, the FDP, however, only 17 per cent. The lowest proportion of women in the CDU and the AfD group (13 percent).

The left group had submitted at the beginning of March a draft of a law on Parity. According to information from the Senate administration for gender equality, a Change in the Berlin election is the right of a common woman political objective of the government parties. So should the same part have to be achieved by women in the Berlin Parliament.

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the greens and the Left want to bring the parity law this year to the Parliament and adopt, said a spokesman of the left faction. The law will come at the next elections to the house of representatives, 2021. (epd)

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