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Locking The French Presidential Election: 3 Outrages

Locking The French Presidential Election: 3 Outrageous Provisions

By Philippe Mazuel - Mar 28, 2016

Three outrageous provisions are contained in the draft Law relating to the « Modernisation » (in fact « Locking ») of the French presidential election, discussed on Holy Thursday, in a quasi empty National Assembly, while the French were on their way to Easter weekend.

Outrage 1

The 500 official supports from Mayors, required to become a Presidential candidate, will now be sent directly by the Mayors to the Constitutional Court, by post, and no longer collected and sent by the candidates themselves.

Consequence: Minor candidates will have no means to ensure that a mayor who pledged to give his/her signature has actually sent it to the Constitutional Court. Mayors will probably be under pressure from mainstream political parties (which control subsidies granted to municipalities, especially little ones) to « forget » sending their signature, or to send it too late to arrive in time. Minor candidates will therefore find themselves facing very high levels of certainty over their qualification to stand, as well as vulnerable to dirty tricks.

Outrage 2

Access to TV and radio. The current equality between candidates as far as speaking time is concerned will come to an end for the period running from the publication of the list of candidates until two weeks before the first round of the election. Equality will be replaced by « fairness » (sic) which means that speaking time will be proportionate to the results obtained in the more recent elections and to « opinion polls ».

Consequence: candidates representing new political streams will not be granted access to radio and TV while political parties in place will benefit from a major competitive advantage. With such a system, General De Gaulle would not have been allowed to express his views, had a presidential election taken place in 1940! As to basing a crucial decision such as speaking time on polls, the reliability of which is highly disputable, that is just a joke.

Outrage 3

Spending restrictions and rules. The period during which all political revenue and expenditure have to be registered in the campaign account (in order to ensure that candidates do not spend more than allowed), will be reduced from 12 to 6 months.

Conséquence: outgoing politicians will be allowed to use public money for their own promotion until 6 months before the election.

Conclusion: When one cannot convince, one locks.

Philippe Mazuel is the President of PACE, the Party of the Citizens of Europe.

in French

LOI de "MODERNISATION" (en fait de "VERROUILLAGE") de l'élection présidentielle : les 3 DISPOSITIONS SCANDALEUSES.

1) Les 500 « parrainages » devront être adressés au Conseil constitutionnel, par voie postale, par le parrain lui-même et non plus par le/la candidat/e.
Conséquence : les petit(e)s candidat(e)s n’auront aucun moyen de vérifier qu’un maire qui leur a promis sa signature l’a bien envoyée ; ce dernier pourra être soumis à des pressions de la part des grands partis (qui contrôlent les subventions aux petites communes) pour « oublier » d’envoyer ou envoyer trop tard pour que le parrainage arrive à temps au Conseil constitutionnel ; les petit(e)s candidat(e)s seront donc dans la plus grande incertitude et risquent d'être carrément les dindons de la farce.

2) Accès aux médias audiovisuels : l’actuelle égalité des temps de parole des candidat(e)s pendant la période dite « intermédiaire », qui va de la publication de la liste des candidat(e)s à la veille de la campagne officielle (laquelle débute deux semaines avant le premier tour) est remplacée par un principe « d’équité ». Ce qui signifie que le temps de parole des candidat(e)s sera proportionnel aux résultats obtenus aux plus récentes élections et aux « indications d’enquêtes d’opinion ».

Conséquence : les candidat(e)s représentant de nouveaux courants politiques n’auront pas accès aux médias ; en revanche, les partis en place bénéficieront d’un avantage concurrentiel énorme ; AVEC CE SYSTEME, LE GENERAL DE GAULLE N'AURAIT PAS PU S'EXPRIMER SI UNE ELECTION PRESIDENTIELLE AVAIT EU LIEU EN 1940 ! Quant à fonder une décision aussi cruciale sur des enquêtes d’opinion, dont on connaît la fiabilité, on croit rêver.

3) Réduction à 6 mois, au lieu de 12, de la période durant laquelle sont comptabilisées les recettes et les dépenses électorales figurant dans les comptes de campagne des candidat(e)s.

Conséquence : les élu(e)s sortant(e)s pourront, jusqu’à 6 mois avant le début de la campagne, utiliser des moyens publics pour faire leur publicité.
OUI, vous avez tout compris : A DEFAUT DE CONVAINCRE, ON VERROUILLE.


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