Mannheim (dpa / lsw) - The municipal council election in Tauberbischofsheim more than three years ago is invalid. That was the decision of the Administrative Court (VGH) in Mannheim on Tuesday, agreeing with a citizen of the city in the Main-Tauber district who had lodged an objection to the elections of May 26, 2019. The lower court, the administrative court in Stuttgart, had already upheld the lawsuit. The state is thus obliged to declare the election of municipal councils ineffective. The appeal of the state and the city against the judgment of the lower court was rejected, as the VGH further announced. A revision was not allowed.
Specifically, the case is about the fact that the plaintiff saw the election as unconstitutional in parts. Because each of the six districts of the municipality has a guaranteed seat on the municipal council - regardless of the number of inhabitants. This means that the vote of a citizen from a small district is worth less than that of a voter from a larger district. The VGH also saw it that way. As a rule, the distribution of seats must be such that districts are represented in the municipal council in terms of the proportion of the population.
It was initially unclear what would happen next in the municipality. According to a city spokeswoman, we now have to wait and see whether the district office will order new elections. The district office initially did not comment.