Report: CDU is planning a digital party conference with subsequent postal voting

In view of the increasing number of infections, the voices within the CDU not to hold the federal party congress in December as a face-to-face congress are increasing.

"Politically, it cannot be conveyed that we meet for a party congress while the rest of the country has to stay at home," the "Handelsblatt" (Monday edition) quoted a member of the party presidium. There are "new considerations," it said.

A realistic option is currently to hold the party conference digitally and to determine the new party chairman and board by postal vote, according to the newspaper in the presidium as well as in the board. At the beginning of October, the Bundestag had made digital party conferences possible, including resolutions ?? in pandemic times even with board elections. It is therefore possible to vote by post or to vote in an urn in several places. "In view of the increasing incidence figures for Germany and, in this case, for Stuttgart, it is becoming increasingly difficult to travel with the 1.001 delegates and let them stay overnight at least for one night," said the Presidium.

The constitutional lawyer Sophie Schönberger from the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf believes the new plans are possible. In terms of craftsmanship, the regulation is "down-to-earth, and one may well have constitutional doubts about it," she told the "Handelsblatt". But as long as nobody attacks the law before the Federal Constitutional Court, which it does not look like, the CDU would be "on the safe side" for now.