Presidential 2022 and Covid: no gauge for meetings, but a commission to “set the rules”

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Illustrative photo taken at Éric Zemmour’s meeting on December 5 in Villepinte. During this event, the far-right candidate had not established any gauge, and the participants were rare to wear a mask.

POLICY – Campaign instructions in times of pandemic. This Monday, December 27, Prime Minister Jean Castex clarified the directives on political meetings, which will not be subject to the gauges reinstated for large indoor gatherings.

“Political and electoral activities are subject to specific provisions in our constitutional law which provide them (…) even stronger protection, so it is clear that the measures that I announced this (Monday) evening do not concern political meetings ”, he stressed.

The clarification was expected by the presidential candidates who until now set their own rules. At the beginning of December, Valérie Pécresse had thus said to give up for the moment the “immense meetings”, while his adversary EELV Yannick Jadot had already opted for a “half gauge of 400 people” during an event.

As for the obligation to present a health pass to access these meetings, it is, in the current state of the law, excluded. “The presentation of the ‘sanitary pass’ cannot be required for access to polling stations or to political meetings and activities”, had also recalled the Constitutional Council on November 8, in its decision on the health vigilance bill.

What about the organization of the poll, scheduled for Sunday April 10 and 24? No postponement project is “neither on the table, nor under the table, nor in the cupboard next to the table”, had insisted Gabriel Attal at the end of the Council of Ministers.

Facilitate proxy voting

On the other hand, the Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin “will undoubtedly meet a commission” to organize the ballot, “a bit like we had done for the regional elections, cantonal, associating all the political formations”, explained the Prime Minister. Minister, following a Health Defense Council and a Council of Ministers dedicated to the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic in France.

This commission will allow us to “agree on rules which are obviously protective in relation to the health situation but which take into account the specificity of this fundamental activity, that is to say ultimately the exercise of democracy”, he added, during a press conference in Matignon.

“The date has not yet been set,” the entourage of the Minister of the Interior told AFP on Monday, specifying that the committee’s meeting would necessarily take place after a meeting with the president of the Constitutional Council. Laurent Fabius, scheduled for early January. Gérald Darmanin “made a request for an appointment” to Laurent Fabius, the entourage had indicated on Wednesday.

The text presented by Gérald Darmanin modifies the organization of the presidential election and the electoral code in order to facilitate the proxy process, in particular in favor of a voter who is not registered on the same electoral list as himself.

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