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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Apply for a citizens' petition

Description

With a citizens' petition, citizens can request that they themselves decide on a matter relating to the municipality, association of municipalities or district. Citizens' petitions may only deal with matters within the municipality's, association municipality's or district's own sphere of influence that lie within the decision-making competence of the municipal council, association municipality council or district council. It should be noted that a referendum on this topic has not taken place within the last 2 years. A referendum is not permitted for certain matters, e.g. the budget and urban land-use planning.

The citizens' petition must take the form of a question to be answered with a yes or no and contain a justification with a cost estimate. In addition, up to 3 persons should be named who are authorized to represent the petition and the signatories. A citizens' petition must be signed by at least 10% of the citizens entitled to vote; the maximum number of signatures required depends on the number of inhabitants of the municipalities, association municipalities or administrative districts.

If the citizens' petition is directed against a resolution of the municipal council, association council or district council, it must be submitted within 2 months of the customary local announcement of the resolution.

The municipal council, association council or district council shall decide on the admissibility of the citizens' petition without delay, at the latest within 6 weeks of receipt of all documents required for the admissibility of the citizens' petition. If the petition is admissible, the referendum will take place within 3 months.

Local municipal or city administration, local association of municipalities, local district administration

The petition must be submitted in writing with the required signatures. If the petition is admissible, the referendum will follow within 3 months. The referendum does not take place if the municipal council, association council or district council decides to implement the measure requested by the petition.

If the citizens' petition is admissible, the referendum follows: The referendum involves a yes or no vote on the question to be decided. The question posed is decided in the sense that the majority of valid votes, but at least 20% of those eligible to vote, have answered the question in the affirmative. In the event of a tie, the question is deemed to have been answered in the negative.

Another way of asserting interests at municipal level:

A citizens' initiative is a community founded on the basis of a specific cause. It is not bound to any particular legal form. The aim of a citizens' initiative is to influence public opinion, state institutions, parties or other groups.

A residents' petition enables residents of a municipality, association of municipalities or district who have reached the age of 14 to have certain matters dealt with by the municipal council, association of municipalities council or district council. Residents' motions may only deal with matters within the municipality's, association municipality's or district's own sphere of influence.

Ministry of the Interior and Sport Saxony-Anhalt

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