results of a referendum on the future of Berlin
show that only 21.7% of registered voters in the capital favoured keeping the
downtown facility open.
national election office recorded a 36% turnout, with
60% voting in favour, but this meant the overall support fell short of the 25%
level needed for validation.
any case the result would have been non-binding. Courts have already ruled that
Tempelhof is to shut on 31 October this year and the
referendum was a desperate attempt to use public pressure to reverse the decision.
results show that one of the 12 voting regions, Steglitz-Zehlendorf,
posted a turnout of nearly 51%. More than 37% of registered voters in the
region supported retaining Tempelhof. But this
support was heavily offset in other areas, with turnout as low as 23%.
Tempelhof is to be closed, along with Berlin Tegel, to make way for the new Berlin Brandenburg