In Marseille, a reform of the municipal voting technique awaited with out enthusiasm | EUROtoday

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The mayor of Marseille, Benoît Payan, at the Elysée, July 4, 2023.

The reform of the electoral regulation referred to as “PLM” (for Paris-Lyon-Marseille) is progressing in Paris, removed from the Old Port, with a invoice which might be introduced to the Assembly in the beginning of 2024. And that is essentially worrying Marseille elected officers, who, for probably the most half, solely understand a distant echo of it. Friday, December 15, the query was raised a number of occasions earlier than the municipal council. Questioned by the Renaissance deputy for Bouches-du-Rhône Lionel Royer-Perreaut, who desires the elected officers of the second largest metropolis in France to show “a convergent approach carried out collectively”the mayor, Benoît Payan (varied left), stated “taker” of a united place between “the department, the metropolis and the city”.

But he additionally set his situations. Mr. Payan will not be “favorable to a reform of the voting system” municipal which divides its metropolis into eight electoral sectors solely on one situation: that Marseille joins the ranks of all French municipalities. “Common law, and nothing else. With the same majority premium [à la liste gagnante] and the same calculation of the number of votes (…). If there is an exception, there will be controversy”, predicts the mayor of Marseille. In mid-December, he went to Paris to make his voice heard among the many advisers of Emmanuel Macron, Sylvain Maillard, chief of the Renaissance deputies who’re carrying the invoice, and Eric Woerth, accountable for a “decentralization mission” by the President of the Republic.

Benoît Payan has concrete causes to marketing campaign for the modification of the PLM regulation. During the final election, in July 2020, his social gathering, Le Printemps marseillais, nearly noticed itself disadvantaged of its victory by way of variety of votes. Only an alliance with elected officers from the lists of former Socialist Party (PS) senator Samia Ghali gave her a majority within the municipal council. An episode which was not a primary. In 1983, simply three months after the promulgation of the regulation, Gaston Defferre (PS), then Minister of the Interior, took benefit of the brand new division to beat Jean-Claude Gaudin (UDF), though he had nearly all of votes.

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“The 1982 law was only motivated by Defferre’s desire to change the rule in his city to save his election. The idea of ​​bringing local elected officials closer was just a quibble to get his manipulation across. And he got Paris and Lyon involved in the affair”remembers, nonetheless indignant, Maurice Battin, who, for twenty-two years, was the specialist in electoral calculation throughout the cupboards of Jean-Claude Gaudin.

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