BONN (Nov. 23)
The radical right-wing National Democratic Party lost all 15 of its seats in the Bavarian State parliament in yesterday’s elections. The party, widely regarded as neo-Nazi, polled only three precent of the total vote compared to the 7.4 percent it won in the last elections. According to West German law a party must poll at least five percent of the total vote to be seated in the state or federal parliaments. The NPD failed to win the required 10 percent from any one ward and was automatically disqualified. In the last elections, when the party headed by Adolf von Thadden was at its political peak, it won 12. 2 percent of the vote in Central Franconia. Earlier this month the NPD was voted out of the state parliament of Hesse. The Free Democratic Party. which had no seats in Bavaria, won 11 in Sunday’s election. The Free Democrats are the coalition partners of the Social Democratic Party of Chancellor Willy Brandt. Political observers said a large part of the NPD vote went to Franz Joseph Strauss’ conservative Christian Socialist Union, the Bavarian wing of the Christian Democratic Union.