start of Internet voting for French nationals living abroad

start of Internet voting for French nationals living abroad

The legislative elections are over. In any case for the French living abroad. The latter can vote by Internet for the first round of the legislative elections, from 12 noon on Friday 27 May, until 1er June.

Kicking off this election, these voters abroad have four voting methods: at the ballot box, by proxy, by Internet and by correspondence. Internet voting is only authorized for French people living outside France, and only for legislative and consular elections. Expatriate voters who wish to vote at ballot boxes in embassies and consulates will have to wait until June 4 for those present on the American continent and June 5 for all others.

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150 candidates in eleven constituencies

There are eleven constituencies covering all the countries, and as many deputies for French people living abroad since 2012. Internet voting was implemented that year, but not in 2017 for the last legislative elections. It was a question of warding off possible cyberattacks, in the context of suspicions about the 2016 American election which had seen the victory of Donald Trump.

Nearly 150 candidates are running this year in these eleven constituencies, but not all of them have filed a profession of faith or a ballot. While Emmanuel Macron obtained 45% of the votes in the first round of the presidential election in these territories and 86% in the second round, several of them will be closely scrutinized.

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This will be particularly the case in the 5e foreign constituency which includes Spain, Portugal, Andorra and Monaco. The movement of the presidential majority, Together!, invested the former socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls. However, he will have to face the outgoing deputy of La République en Marche, Stéphane Vojetta, who has decided to maintain his candidacy and dissent.

Many outgoing deputies reappointed

Six of the ten outgoing deputies were however reappointed by the confederation Together! : Roland Lescure LRMs (1D), an important cog in Macron’s networks in economic and financial circles, chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee of the National Assembly; Alexander Holroyd in the 3e, British Isles and Northern Europe; Pieyre-Alexandre Anglade, in the 4e, Benelux; Amélia Lakrafi in the 10e, Near East and part of Africa; Anne Genetet in the 11e ; and the Modem Frédéric Petit in the 7eCentral Europe and the Balkans.

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In the 9e constituency, that of the French of the Maghreb and West Africa, the outgoing ex-LRM deputy, M’jid El Guerrab, recently sentenced for an attack, finally gave up running about ten days ago and supports the ex-minister Elisabeth Moreno, invested by the majority.

In addition to the start of voting for French people living abroad, the first round of voting will take place in French Polynesia on June 4. On June 11, the first round will take place in Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin and Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon. And on June 12 the first round in France, as well as in Mayotte, New Caledonia and Reunion, before a second round a week later, on June 19.

The World with AFP