Frenchmen from abroad and Polynesia called to the polls

Frenchmen from abroad and Polynesia called to the polls

For some, the legislative election begins as early as Saturday, June 4th. Polynesia and French people living abroad – some of whom have already been able to vote online – are expected to go to the polls this weekend for the first round of voting, Saturday for the Americas and the Caribbean, and Sunday for the rest of the United States. world. In mainland France, the first and second rounds will take place on June 12 and 19.

The results of the eleven constituencies of the French abroad should be known in the night from Sunday to Monday, with special attention to the 5e constituency (Spain, Portugal, Andorra and Monaco). Manuel Valls is running in the colors of the presidential majority, but the outgoing MP, Stéphane Vojetta (La République en marche), intends to compete with him, denouncing the parachuting of the former prime minister.

Inaccessible portal

Overseas residents who wished to do so already had the opportunity to vote online from May 27 to 1er June, with a series of technical and critical cuckoos. Many said they had not received the validation code by e-mail, and the Foreign Ministry’s Internet voting portal remained inaccessible for nearly five hours on the night of Tuesday, May 31 to Wednesday. 1er June, just hours before the close of the electronic poll. French people abroad could also vote by mail.

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In the offices set up in the consulates and embassies, the second round will take place on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June, the day of the second round in the metropolis.

In 2017, the Macronists and their allies had won ten constituencies, leaning on the UDI Meyer Habib constituency, which includes Italy, Greece, Turkey and Israel. In the second round of the 2022 presidential election, Emmanuel Macron won widely in these constituencies.

Expansion by plane

On the overseas side, only French Polynesia – where 27 candidates are running in all three constituencies – is also voting this Saturday for the first round of the legislature, before a second round on June 18. The nearly 206,500 Polynesian voters will begin voting on Saturday at 8 a.m. (8 p.m. in Paris) to allow election material to be routed between the two rounds in the five Polynesian archipelagos, spread over an area as large as Europe in the South Pacific Ocean.

“The delivery of election material cannot take place if the delay between the two rounds is less than fifteen days, due to the geographical constraints of French Polynesia.”Cédric Bouet, director of the office of the High Commissioner of the Republic, told Agence France-Presse to explain this particularity.

Indeed, not all atolls and islands have a runway. This is the case, for example, of one of the most isolated islands in the world, Rapa, in the Austral archipelago. Or Tematangi and Hereheretue atolls in the Tuamotu. Electoral equipment is dumped at sea by a National Navy Guardian aircraft and then recovered by municipal services.

The World with AFP

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