Initial expectations indicated that German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat party would win the municipal elections in North Rhine-Westphalia.
North Rhine-Westphalia is located in western Germany and is the most populous German state.
According to these expectations, the Christian party won 36% of the vote, with a slight decrease compared to the 2014 elections (37.5%), followed by the Socialist Party with 23.5%, a significant decline compared to the 2014 elections (more than 31%).
The Green Party was able to increase the percentage of its supporters as its candidates received 19% of the total votes, compared to 11.7% they obtained in the previous elections.
The Alternative for Germany party won 6%, compared to 2.6% in the last elections.
Expectations showed that the Free Democratic Party (liberal) would obtain 4.5%, the same result it had obtained in 2014, and the Left Party would obtain 4% (4.7% in 2014).
The participation rate in these elections was 51.5% compared to 50% in the 2014 elections.
In addition to local parliaments, mayors and municipal councils were also elected in North Rhine-Westphalia.
In Cologne, where the mayor, Henriette Reker, who does not belong to any party, is running, will enter a run-off against her Social Democratic rival Andreas Kosiceki.
In the city council in Cologne, the Greens may become the strongest bloc, and these elections are a testament to the state’s prime minister, Armin Laschet from the Christian Democrats, who intends next December to run for the presidency of the Christian Democrats.
The election campaign for the parties was not large, because it came under the weight of restrictions to protect from the Corona epidemic.