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Regional elections postponed by a week

Jean Castex is preparing to defend Tuesday before the deputies the maintenance in June of departmental and regional elections. The dates could however change in order to organize the two polls in “good conditions” in the face of the covid-19 epidemic.

Jean Castex is preparing to defend Tuesday before the deputies the maintenance in June of departmental and regional elections. The dates could however change in order to organize the two polls in “good conditions” in the face of the covid-19 epidemic.

(AFP) – No “ulterior motive”, no “calculation”. Refuting any political strategy, Jean Castex will speak to the Assembly on Tuesday afternoon and to the Senate on Wednesday on the upcoming regional and departmental elections. These could thus be maintained in June, but postponed by one week.

Instead of Sundays the 13th and 20th, these would be held on the 20th and 27th of the same month. This postponement would aim to “save vaccination time”, but also to “allow campaigns to be done” and make the candidates known, explained the President of the National Assembly Richard Ferrand Tuesday morning on RTL.

An idea supported by Jordan Bardella. This is the “right choice”, thus estimated the European deputy RN on the waves of franceinfo. “We win a week of vaccination, a week of campaign and a week of organization,” said LREM deputy Roland Lescure.

The majority was, however, divided on the subject: Richard Ferrand had thus declared himself in favor of a postponement, while Stanislas Guerini, the general delegate of the presidential party, and Christophe Castaner, leader of the LREM deputies, defended the maintenance. A member of the majority has also recognized that the delay of one week is “a way of saving Private Ferrand”.

Despite their criticism of the government’s hesitation and the weekend’s consultation of mayors, the oppositions will largely vote to maintain the elections in June, even if they are postponed by a week.

After having taken note of the maintenance planned for June, the deputies of the right as of the left are now asking for “guarantees” for the good performance of the electoral campaign. “I am waiting for a roadmap” so as not “to have a cheap democracy without participation”, declared the leader of LR deputies, Damien Abad, to the press.

“We are not Zoom candidates, we are not disembodied candidates,” added Communist Sébastien Jumel, himself a candidate in Normandy. In the majority, the MoDem deputies, who pleaded for a postponement, should for the most part vote against, we learned from their group.

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But by directly asking the mayors to respond via the prefects before Monday noon with “yes” or “no” to the question of whether the conditions recommended by the Scientific Committee seemed to be met to hold the elections, the government had sown trouble. He drew the wrath of associations of elected officials and the opposition, who suspected him of wanting to postpone elections that were a priori unfavorable for the majority.

“For 4 years, we have been blaming the government for not consulting local elected officials enough (…) and suddenly, we had to consult the 35,000 mayors in 24 hours through the intermediary of the prefects. Curious process! ”, Was surprised in Le Figaro the LR president of the Senate Gérard Larcher.

“The Prime Minister has consulted the whole world and he has done well,” replied Ferrand. Before LREM deputies on Tuesday morning, Jean Castex defended his “method” and the “rule” of “maintaining as much as possible the elections” if the sanitary conditions can be respected. There is “no place for caricature”, he added, stressing that “40% of mayors for a postponement, it is not ‘move around there is nothing to see'” ” .

A majority (56%) of mayors directly consulted voted in favor of maintaining the polls. In total, about two-thirds (69%) of them responded.


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