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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 62 (October 1946)

[Highlights of policy],   pp. 4-13 PDF (5.5 MB)


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E LECTIlO
by Col. Louis Glaser
Berlin becomes a sounding board for the
response of the German people to the
differing concepts of democracy and gov-
ernment presented by the four jointly oc-
cupying powers when the citizens of Berlin
go to the polls on Sunday, 20 October, for
their  first  free municipal  election  in
14 years.
Only in Berlin have the citizens of one
city of Germany had actual experience with
the different kinds of democracy and the
kinds of government for which the various
Allied powers stand. It is reasonable to
draw the conclusion that when Berliners
go to the polls many of them will not nec-
essarily be voting for or against any party,
but consciously and seriously for one par-
-icular concept of democracy.
IMPORTANCE OF BERLIN VOTE
Germany will ultimately make this same
decision, and the Berlin vote, establishing such
a decision, will have a great influence upon
the ultimate destiny of Germany and there-
fore upon the political destiny of Europe.
Berliners will go to the polls on 20 October
to give democratic self-government to their
city, but, with the counting of the ballots, it
will become known what kind of democracy
they have chosen and into what pattern
the future may fall.
The citizens of Berlin will not vote for
candidates; they will vote for parties. And
they will not vote for their chief city officials
at all. They will vote for members of the
City Assembly, which is called the Stadt-
verordnetenversamnlung, and for members
of the Assemblies of the City Boroughs,
which are called the Verwaltungsbezirke.
There will be 130 members elected to the
City Assembly, and Assemblies will be
chosen in the 20 boroughs of the city.
The voting will be according to pro-
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