Reception of the public in a permanence, distribution of leaflets, door-to-door, electoral meetings … The Ministry of the Interior published, on April 20, 2021, additional information to its guide for candidates concerning the campaign election and compliance with health rules(new window).
This publication aimed at candidates is also part of the installation by the interior and overseas ministers of a permanent monitoring committee for departmental, regional and territorial elections.(new window). This committee, in charge of examining all the legal and organizational issues of the campaign and the June 2021 elections, must in particular assess any adaptations to the electoral campaign according to the evolution of the health context.
Election campaign and respect for health rules
This guide provides details on the mementos for candidates for departmental, regional and Assembly elections in Corsica, Guyana and Martinique published on the website of the Ministry of the Interior(new window).
He recalls the current ban on welcoming the public to an electoral office .
On the other hand, the distribution of leaflets on public roads and door-to-door visits are authorized, while nevertheless ensuring that health instructions are respected (ban on gatherings of more than six people, wearing a mask, respecting barrier gestures).
The election meetings (meetings) are prohibited in public buildings. They are also prohibited on public roads if they exceed more than six people.
Therefore, the ministry offers alternative ways for candidates to campaign:
- the official campaign will start a week earlier, that is to say on May 31, 2021;
- the use of a free telephone or telematics number is authorized;
- the ceilings for election expenses are increased by 20%;
- the professions of faith will be published free of charge on the website of the Ministry of the Interior, subject to the validation of their digitized version by the propaganda commission.
What role for this monitoring committee?
In his address to the National Assembly on April 13, 2021 , the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, announced the establishment of a monitoring committee responsible for examining all the legal and organizational issues of the campaign and the polls of the month. of June. This committee, which brings together representatives of political parties, parliamentary groups and associations of elected officials, must meet at least once a week to examine all questions relating to the adaptation of the campaign and electoral operations to the health context. .
In addition, the Ministry of the Interior announced the distribution of a circular to all the mayors of France concerning the modalities of the material organization of this double ballot and the health protocol applicable on polling days.
According to this protocol, the people responsible for holding the polling stations (president, assessors and secretary) must be vaccinated as a priority by June 5, as well as municipal officials mobilized on polling days for the installation of polling stations .