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the French abroad and Polynesia called to the polls

Polynesia and the French residing abroad are called upon to vote in the legislative elections of 2022 this weekend.

Legislative 2022 © FMM Graphic Studion

Top start at the opening of the polling stations. Polynesia and the French residing abroad, some of whom have already been able to vote online, are invited to the polls this weekend for the first round of legislative elections, Saturday June 4 for the American continent and the Caribbean, and Sunday June 5 for the rest of the world. In mainland France, the first and second rounds will take place on June 12 and 19.

The results of the 11 constituencies of French people living abroad should be known overnight from Sunday to Monday, with particular attention paid to the 5e constituency (Spain, Portugal, Andorra and Monaco) where former Prime Minister Manuel Valls is running in the colors of the presidential majority.

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Internet voting marked by technical hiccups

Residents of foreign countries who so wished already had the possibility of voting by Internet, from 27 May to 1er June – even if a series of technical hiccups and criticisms have been recorded –, or by correspondence.

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

In 2017, the macronists and their allies had won ten constituencies, losing in that of the UDI Meyer Habib, including in particular Italy, Greece, Turkey and Israel. In the second round of the 2022 presidential election, Emmanuel Macron largely won in these constituencies.

Overseas, only French Polynesia also votes this Saturday for the first round of legislative elections, before a second round on June 18.

Election material dropped at sea by plane

The nearly 206,500 voters in French Polynesia will begin voting on Saturday at 8 a.m. (8 p.m. in Paris), in order to allow the delivery, between the two rounds, of the electoral material in the five Polynesian archipelagos, scattered over such a large area. than Europe in the southern Pacific Ocean.

« The delivery of electoral material cannot be done if the time between the two rounds is less than fifteen days, due to the geographical constraints of French Polynesia », declared to AFP Cédric Bouet, chief of staff at the top. – Commissioner of the Republic, to explain this particularity.

Not all atolls and islands have an airstrip. This is the case, for example, of one of the most isolated islands in the world, Rapa, in the Austral archipelago. Or the Tematangi and Hereheretue atolls, in the Tuamotus. The electoral material is dropped there at sea by a Gardian aircraft of the French Navy, then recovered by the municipal services.

Twenty-seven candidates are running in the three constituencies of French Polynesia.

With AFP

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