Towards maintaining regional and departmental elections in June?
This is what the mayors of France want, in any case, who held a consultation on the subject this weekend, at the request of the government.
The poll, which ended on Monday, shows that 56% of the city councilors who voted say they are in favor of maintaining the elections in two months, in accordance with the health rules dictated by the Scientific Council.
40% of the mayors who voted for their part said they were against the maintenance of these elections, leaving 4% of elected officials who checked the box "do not speak".
In total, 69% of mayors took part in this remote poll.
The elected officials had until Monday noon to simply answer “yes” or “no” to the question of whether the conditions recommended by the Scientific Committee seemed to be met to hold the two ballots on June 13 and 20.
The two elections had already been postponed from March to June due to the health crisis.
This initiative caused a real outcry, the opposition and elected officials accusing the executive of once again wanting to postpone elections which promise to be unfavorable for the majority.
And this even if Jean Castex had indicated last week that he favored "at this stage" the maintenance of the poll on the dates scheduled.
The maintenance or not of regional and departmental elections in June must then be the subject of a debate followed by a vote on Tuesday in the National Assembly and Wednesday in the Senate.
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The Scientific Council had estimated in an opinion delivered at the end of March that the decision was up to politicians.
However, he recommended a specific health protocol in the event of maintenance, in particular "to solicit vaccinated people", "that is to say older people", to keep the offices.
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The vote could take place "outside" and the holding of the ballot "will require a strict cleaning" of the schools mobilized, also suggested the Scientific Council.