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Thursday, 19 September, 2002, 16:05 GMT 17:05 UK
Germany's undecided virtual voters
Wahl-O-Mat website
Help is at hand for those who remain uncertain
A German website is offering undecided voters advice on who they should support in this Sunday's Bundestag elections.

The Wahl-O-Mat (Vote-o-matic) site asks anyone who logs on to give their opinion on 27 questions covering a wide range of political issues.

Some of the questions asked include:

  • Should hashish and marijuana be legalised?

  • Do we need a professional army?

  • Should it be legal to help someone to die?

  • Should immigrants have to attend state-run courses to help them integrate better?

Others include education policy, the labour market, debt relief and homosexual marriages.

There are four possible responses to each question - yes, no, neutral, and no opinion.

Finally, German surfers are asked to nominate those areas of policy which interest them most.

When they click on the final button, the Wahl-O-Mat tells them which party is nearest to their views.

Wooing first-time voters

The website is run by the Federal Agency for Civic Education with help from Berlin's Free University, and is designed to appeal to first-time voters.

The organisers say more than one million people have already used the site.

The results so far show Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democratic Party (SPD) on 29%, with Edmund Stoiber's Christian Democrats (CDU-CSU) only scraping 18%.

The big winners are the liberal Federal Democrats (FDP) - 26% - followed by the Greens on 17%, and the reformed communist Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) on 10%.

These are scores these three parties will never achieve in the real world - proof that virtual reality is a place where dreams can come true.

BBC Monitoring, based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.

Gerhard Schroeder

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