Berlin Spandau – Charlottenburg North (electoral district)

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Location of constituency in Berlin

Berlin Spandau – Charlottenburg North is one of the 299 single member constituencies used for the German parliament, the Bundestag. Located in West Berlin, the constituency was created for the 2002 election, mostly replacing the former constituency of Berlin Spandau.

The first two elections in 2002 and 2005 were won by the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) though the constituency was gained by the Christian Democratic Union candidate Kai Wegner at the 2009 election.

History and boundaries[edit]

The constituency, numbered constituency 79 by the German electoral authorities,[1] contains the whole of the Berlin borough of Spandau. This area formed its own constituency until the 2002 election. For that election, as part of a wider reform which reduced the number of Bundestag constituencies, Berlin lost one of its thirteen seats. Consequently the Spandau constituency expanded to take in the neighbourhood of Charlottenburg-Nord, located in the borough of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. Prior to 2002, Charlottenburg-Nord was part of the Berlin Tiergarten - Wedding - North Charlottenburg constituency.

The main predecessor constituency, Berlin Spandau had been won by the CDU in 1990 and 1994 and gained by the SPD in 1998.

Profile[edit]

The number of residents with German citizenship was 87.0%, a figure just above the Berlin average of 86.6%.[2] 26.0% of residents had qualifications which met the requirements for University entry.

Electoral system[edit]

Elections in Germany take place using the Additional Member System. Voters have two votes, one for a constituency MP and one for a regional list to elect representatives for the whole of Berlin city. Elections for the Spandau - Charlottenburg Nord constituency take place using the First past the post system.

Results[edit]

2009 election[edit]

Party Constituency results List results
Candidate Votes  % share +/- Votes  % share +/-
Christian Democratic Union Kai Wegner 44,994 36.4 +0.8 37,170 30.0 +0.6
Social Democratic Party of Germany Swen Schultz 41,051 33.2 -13.6 29,109 23.5 -12.8
The Left Party.PDS Monika Merk 11,446 9.3 +3.7 13,611 11.0 +3.7
Alliance '90/The Greens Christoph Sonnenberg-Westeson 10,853 8.8 +4.1 16,451 13.3 +2.7
Free Democratic Party Kai Gersch 10,612 8.6 +4.5 18,277 14.7 +4.9
National Democratic Party of Germany 2,463 2.0 +0.7 1,982 +1.6 0.0
Pirate Party N/A N/A N/A N/A 3,173 2.6 N/A
Others 2,282 1.8 N/A 4,205 3.4 N/A

Out of a total electorate of 184,436, the total number of votes cast was 126,799 (68.7%) of which 3,098 votes were invalid.

Source:[3]

2005 election[edit]

Party Constituency results List results
Candidate Votes  % share +/- Votes  % share +/-
Social Democratic Party of Germany Swen Schultz 64,119 46.8 +2.6 49,797 36.2 -1.5
Christian Democratic Union Kai Wegner 48,791 35.6 -3.4 40,351 29.4 -5.6
The Left Party.PDS Jörg Kuhle 7,608 5.6 +3.5 9,983 7.3 +4.9
Alliance '90/The Greens Elisabeth Paus 6,347 4.6 -1.2 14,485 10.5 -0.6
Free Democratic Party Kai Gersch 5,562 4.1 -1.4 13,593 9.9 +2.0
National Democratic Party of Germany 1,733 1.3 +0.7 1,703 1.2 +0.8
Others 2,864 2.1 N/A 7,529 5.6 N/A

Out of a total electorate of 184,180, the total number of votes cast was 140,504 (76.3%) of which 3,480 votes were invalid.

Source:[4]

2002 election[edit]

Party Constituency results List results
Candidate Votes  % share Votes  % share
Social Democratic Party of Germany Swen Schultz 62,111 44.1 53,253 37.8
Christian Democratic Union Kai Wegner 54,884 39.0 49,304 35.0
Alliance '90/The Greens Elizabeth Paus 8,181 5.8 15,677 11.1
Free Democratic Party Karl-Heinz Bannasch 7,640 5.4 11,101 7.9
The Left Party.PDS Jörg Kuhle 2,874 2.0 3,297 2.3
The Grays – Gray Panthers Thorsten Hartje 2,482 1.8 1,769 1.3
The Republicans Olaf Neitzel 1,740 1.2 1,317 0.9
National Democratic Party of Germany Frank Stendel 787 0.6 560 0.4
Others N/A N/A N/A 4,717 3.4

Out of a total electorate of 184,596, the total number of votes cast was 143,214 (77.6%) of which 2,515 votes were invalid.

Source:[5]

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