Press release no. 14/21 of 9. Juli 2021

53 parties can participate in the 2021 Bundestag Election

WIESBADEN – 53 parties can participate in the Bundestag election on 26 September 2021. This was the result of the meeting of the Federal Electoral Committee held in Berlin on 8 and 9 July 2021. The Federal Electoral Committee checked whether parties meet the formal requirements for taking part in the Bundestag election. Federal Returning Officer Dr. Georg Thiel said: “I wish to emphasize that despite the difficult framework conditions in the time of the pandemic, many associations underwent stage one of the process to be able to participate in the Bundestag election. For this I would like to thank all of them.” In the last Bundestag election on 24 September 2017, 48 parties were informed that they could participate in the election according to the Federal Electoral Committee’s findings. In the end, only 42 parties took part in that election with candidates of their own.

The Federal Electoral Committee ascertained that 9 parties have continuously been represented in the German Bundestag or in a Land parliament since the latest relevant election by at least five members (Section 18 (4) no. 1 of the Federal Elections Act). Therefore, they do not need to provide any supporting signatures when they submit their lists of candidates for the Bundestag election.

Parties represented in the 19th German Bundestag:

  Short form of name Name of the party
1. CDU Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands
2. SPD Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands
5. CSU Christlich-Soziale Union in Bayern e.V.
6. FDP Freie Demokratische Partei
7. AfD Alternative für Deutschland

In addition, parties represented in at least one Land parliament:

  Short form of name Name of the party
9. BVB/FREIE WÄHLER Brandenburger Vereinigte Bürgerbewegungen / Freie Wähler

For the 20th Bundestag election, the Federal Electoral Committee has recognised as political parties also the following 44 associations (listed chronologically by receipt of their notification of intended participation):

  Short form of name Name of the party Additional name (only if used in the election procedure)
1. MENSCHLICHE WELT Menschliche Welt für das Wohl und Glücklichsein aller
2. Tierschutzallianz Allianz für Menschenrechte, Tier- und Naturschutz
3. Die PARTEI Partei für Arbeit, Rechtsstaat, Tierschutz, Elitenförderung und basisdemokratische Initiative
4. BP Bayernpartei
5. Gartenpartei Gartenpartei
6. Deutsche Konservative DEUTSCHE KONSERVATIVE
7. MLPD Marxistisch-Leninistische Partei Deutschlands
9. SSW Südschleswigscher Wählerverband
10. LIEBE Europäische Partei LIEBE
11. Bündnis C Bündnis C - Christen für Deutschland
12. UNABHÄNGIGE UNABHÄNGIGE für bürgernahe Demokratie
13. Die Humanisten Partei der Humanisten
14. dieBasis Basisdemokratische Partei Deutschland
15. Volt Volt Deutschland
17. Team Todenhöfer Team Todenhöfer – Die Gerechtigkeitspartei
18. ÖDP Ökologisch-Demokratische Partei
19. BüSo Bürgerrechtsbewegung Solidarität
20. LD Liberale Demokraten – Die Sozialliberalen
21. WiR2020 WiR2020
22. FAMILIE Familien-Partei Deutschlands
23. Gesundheitsforschung Partei für Gesundheitsforschung
24. BÜNDNIS21 diePinken/BÜNDNIS21
25. PIRATEN Piratenpartei Deutschland
26. V-Partei³ V-Partei³ - Partei für Veränderung, Vegetarier und Veganer
28. NPD Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands
29. SGV SGV – Solidarität, Gerechtigkeit, Veränderung
30. PdF Partei des Fortschritts
31. B* bergpartei, die überpartei ökoanarchistisch-realdadaistisches sammelbecken
32. Die Grauen Die Grauen – Für alle Generationen
33. Graue Panther Graue Panther
34. THP Thüringer Heimatpartei
35. LKR Liberal-Konservative Reformer
36. SGP Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, Vierte Internationale
37. Volksabstimmung Ab jetzt…Demokratie durch Volksabstimmung Politik für die Menschen
38. du. Die Urbane. Eine HipHop Partei
39. BÜRGERBEWEGUNG Bürgerbewegung für Fortschritt und Wandel
40. LfK >> Partei für Kinder, Jugendliche und Familien <<  – Lobbyisten für Kinder –
41. DM Deutsche Mitte Politik geht anders…
42. KlimalisteBW Klimaliste Baden-Württemberg
43. sonstige DIE SONSTIGEN X
44. Wir2020 Wir2020

The Südschleswigscher Wählerverband (SSW) was recognised by the Federal Electoral Committee also as a party representing national minorities in the 2021 Bundestag Election and therefore does not have to submit supporting signatures. All other parties recognised by the Federal Electoral Committee for the purpose of the 2021 Bundestag Election have to collect supporting signatures for their candidates.

As reported on 10 June 2021, the number of supporting signatures required for Land lists and constituency nominations was reduced to one quarter in each case for the 2021 Bundestag Election because of the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At constituency and Land level, lists of candidates will have to be received by the respective constituency or Land returning officers by 6 p.m. on 19 July 2021. Constituency Electoral Committees and Land Electoral Committees will decide on their admission on 30 July 2021.


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