- Title: Vote counting preparations are underway in Germany's national election
- Date: 26th September 2021
- Summary: MUNICH, GERMANY (SEPTEMBER 26, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF TWO VOLUNTEERS WEARING FACE MASKS POURING BALLOTS FROM YELLOW BALLOT BOX ONTO ONE OF CLOSE TO 400 TABLES WHERE AROUND 7,500 OTHER VOLUNTEERS WILL COUNT VOTES VARIOUS OF VOLUNTEERS STACKING ENVELOPES TABLES WITH VOLUNTEERS OPENING BALLOTS IN HALL VARIOUS OF VOLUNTEERS STACKING ENVELOPES VARIOUS OF VOLUNTEERS CUTTING OPEN ENVELOPES HALL WITH VOLUNTEERS AT TABLES WOMEN SORTING ENVELOPES BALLOT PAPERS ON TABLE VOLUNTEERS CUTTING OPEN ENVELOPES STACKS OF ENVELOPES WALKING VIEW OF VOLUNTEERS AT TABLES VOLUNTEERS GATHERED AROUND TABLE
- Embargoed: 10th October 2021 15:22
- Keywords: Baerbock Germany Laschet Merkel Scholz ballots election vote counting
- Location: MUNICH, GERMANY
- City: MUNICH, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Europe,Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA001EWCUGQV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Preparations for vote counting were in full swing in Germany's national election on Sunday (September 26) as the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) of Olaf Scholz mounted a strong challenge to the CDU conservatives of Armin Laschet.
In Munich, 7,500 volunteers in a large hall were seen emptying postal votes onto tables where vote counting at nearly 400 tables will begin at 6 p.m. (1600 GMT).
Officials said they expected the counting of Munich's estimated 500,000 postal votes to take around three hours.
According to the last poll published on Sept. 24 by Allensbach, the SPD was at 26% and the CDU at 25%.
Possible kingmakers are the Greens for which the poll showed 16% support.
The business friendly FDP was at 10.5%.
Exit polls will be released at 6 p.m. (1600 GMT).
(Production: Ayhan Uyanik, Ralph Brock, Michele Sani)
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