the second round will take place on June 28 with masks

The second round of municipal elections was elected on Sunday, June 28 in the 5,000 French municipalities where the first round was not decisive, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced on Friday.

The second round of municipal elections has been set for June 28, if sanitary conditions allow, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced on May 22 on the stairs to Matignon. About 16 million voters are affected by this announcement.

“On May 27, we will present a decree that will call the voters to go to the polls for the second round of the municipal elections on June 28,” the government chief said in a statement to the press.

A “reversible” decision

He also warned that this decision could be “reversible”. “We will therefore, as recommended by the Scientific Council, have a review clause, it will probably intervene in two weeks.”

“In the event that this second round could not take place, it would be necessary to keep the time required for Parliament’s scrutiny of the legal framework that would allow a new postponement to be organized,” he said.

“A bill will also be presented as a precautionary measure next May 27 for the Council of Ministers that would allow the municipal elections to be postponed by January 2021 in the event that the Scientific Council tells about two weeks if the conditions will no longer be met by June 28.”

“Every voter must wear a mask”

The precautionary measures in the first round have been reinforced: “every voter will have to wear a protective mask”, even the public, and will be invited to write with his personal pen, said Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. Members of the polling station must also wear a surgical mask.

The election campaign must not become “a factor in virus circulation [et] It is therefore advisable that campaigns be different, Christophe Castaner warned, citing “systematic respect for barrier guests” and the need to “prioritize digital campaigns”.

With AFP and Reuters