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The municipal elections in March in La Balme-de-Sillingy, in Haute-Savoie, one of the first clusters of Covid-19 in France, must be canceled due to the difficulty of establishing proxies during this period of epidemic , estimated the administrative court of Grenoble. The appeal was brought by François Daviet, outgoing mayor.

In its judgment, rendered Tuesday and of which AFP had a copy on Wednesday, the court emphasizes that this town of 5,200 inhabitants “was one of the first

epidemic outbreaks in France from the end of February “and that at the date of the vote on March 15,” many voters were either hospitalized or isolated at home in application of official recommendations. “In this context and while” the gendarmerie was closed “,” it does not follow from the instruction that the home proxies could have been effectively implemented “.

However, given the small difference (4% or 61 votes) between the two lists – that of the outgoing mayor who had been ill and hospitalized and that of his former deputy who had become a rival – and of the exceptional health context, “the irregularity relating to the The procedure for establishing home proxies is likely to alter the ballot and justify the cancellation of the ballot “.


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