When the Constitutional Council turned a blind eye to Jean Tiberi's false voters | EUROtoday

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Jean Tiberi, then mayor of the 5th arrondissement of Paris, March 12, 2008.

It due to this fact took 1 / 4 of a century for the reality to emerge, in all its crudeness: the Constitutional Council intentionally turned a blind eye, in 1998, to the system of electoral fraud put in place by the deputy and mayor of 5e district of Paris, Jean Tiberi. Worse, when the investigating choose in control of the case of “false voters” wished to get their arms on the report established by the Constitutional Council, its members refused to collaborate with justice, within the title of “secret of deliberations”.

These mustn’t have been made public till 2058. But because the constitutional reform of 2008, the interval past which the archives of the Constitutional Council could be consulted has been diminished from sixty to 25 years. We have additionally been in a position to learn for a number of days, on the establishment's web site, the report of the periods within the affair of Jean Tiberi's “false voters”. An edifying learn.

On February 20, 1998, the Constitutional Council appeared into the legislative elections of May 25 and 1er June 1997 within the 2e constituency of Paris, which brings collectively the 5e district and a part of the 6e. Jean Tiberi, RPR mayor of 5e, was re-elected for a ninth time period as deputy. The socialist candidate, Lyne Cohen-Solal, invested within the “women's” quota on this constituency deemed impregnable for the left, contests the regularity of the election. Encouraged by an investigation by Chained duckwho uncovered 800 false registrants within the district.

“An electoral racketeering operation”

Before the members of the Council, rapporteur Christine Maugüé presents the outcomes of her investigation, “long and difficult”. Voters domiciled in buildings that don’t exist, false certificates, deletions of 17% of these registered on this district, the official particulars the quite a few irregularities that she was in a position to observe. Like these 11 voters domiciled at 373, rue Saint-Jacques, whereas “the street ends at number 307”. Or at 21, place du Panthéon, city corridor constructing at 5ethese “21 registered voters even though there are only three apartments”one in every of which homes “the widow of the town hall bailiff”Who “shares the apartment with 6 adults, all related”and whose dates of beginning (1904, 1926, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1959, 1974) “make the maintenance of such cohabitation implausible”.

It additionally notes a “abnormal concentration of voters from the same region, precisely at addresses suspected of being false domiciliations” : thus, at 373, rue Saint-Jacques, “8 of the 11 voters come from the old Indian trading posts. In 273, voters were born in the West Indies. At 17, place du Panthéon, they are from Tunisia.”

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