Dhe administrative scientist Stephan Bröchler will officially take up his post as state returning officer for Berlin on Saturday. The 59-year-old knows how explosive the new task is. He was a member of the expert commission that the Senate set up after the elections to the House of Representatives and the Bundestag in September 2021 to work through the difficulties.
The former state returning officer Petra Michaelis had resigned because of the numerous election glitches. Bröchler takes over the state election line on an honorary basis and remains a professor at the University of Economics and Law (HWR), but is relieved there, according to his own statements.
In its final report presented in July, the expert commission criticized a number of shortcomings in the preparation and conduct of the elections in the interaction between the Senate, the state election commission and the district level.
Bröchler’s task now is to make the next elections fail-safe. He does not have much time for this: The Constitutional Court surprisingly clearly considered a complete repetition at a hearing on the validity of the 2021 election on Wednesday. The verdict should be spoken by the end of the year, the latest election date would then be the end of March 2023.