Germans start to vote for new parliament as Merkel bids for 4th term
Sunday 24th of September
BERLIN, Sept. 24 (Xinhua), More than 61 million German voters were called to cast ballots on Sunday to pick their Bundestag, or federal parliament, on which a new government will be formed.
About 73,500 polling stations across the country opened at 8:00 a.m. local time (0600 GMT) and will be closed at 6:00 p.m. (1600 GMT).
Polling institutions will interview voters anonymously at the exit of selected polling stations, and will publish the initial results exactly after the election ends.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU conservative alliance is expected to win most votes. It is also expected to see the far-right anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) enter the parliament for the first time since World War II.
German election rule sets a five-percent-vote hurdle for parties to be elected in the Bundestag.