justice rejects the enchantment of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes area towards Andréa Kotarac, RN candidate, wrongly offered as “regional president” | EUROtoday

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Andréa Kotarac and Marine Le Pen during the regional elections, in Saint-Chamond (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes), June 3, 2021.

The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes area has been dismissed. It had introduced on Thursday that it had taken authorized motion to request the destruction of the voting slips of the National Rally (RN) candidate within the 2e constituency of Ain, Andréa Kotarac. A photograph, hooked up to the doc, clearly exhibits the point out “Regional President” on the bulletin of 1er spherical of early legislative elections of Mr. Kotarac, who chairs the RN group on the regional council.

“The request from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region is rejected”the court docket mentioned in its order dated Friday, June 28. Mr. Kotarac “cannot claim the status of regional president”, proclaims the decide in his order. However, political teams and their candidates can “informing voters in the context of the ongoing electoral debate” and like “The media have widely reported the erroneous mention of MK on the ballot papers”the interim reduction decide considers that it doesn’t exist “the existence of particular circumstances revealing serious and manifest illegality likely to affect the sincerity of the vote” justifying his intervention.

“To err is human, it's a typo”

The RN candidate's protection pleaded on Friday a ” shell “ earlier than the executive court docket of Lyon. “To err is human, it's a typo”declared Thomas Laval, who defends Mr. Kotarac. “It’s just a tiny little line on a ballot paper, it will have no influence on the vote”he argued, citing the very brief deadlines imposed by the shock announcement of the dissolution which had led to “the profound upheaval of the organization of these elections”.

The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes area, whose president, Laurent Wauquiez (Les Républicains), is himself a candidate within the 1D constituency of Haute-Loire, had urgently taken authorized motion to request the modification or withdrawal of all of the ballots involved. “The false mention of this quality (…) thus constitutes a usurpation of elective functions, the manifestly illegal and particularly serious nature of which is likely to affect the sincerity of the vote”wrote the group in a request to the abstract decide of the executive court docket of Lyon.

“These ballots seriously damage the image of the region and cause it to suffer immediate image damage”she added, asking the court docket that Mr Kotarac “stops claiming the status of “regional president” on all electoral propaganda paperwork” as well as the destruction of these ballots. “It is Mr. Laurent Wauquiez who was elected to this executive mandate in January 2016, and re-elected on July 2, 2021, Mr. Kotarac having obtained only 17 votes out of 204”the region recalled.

The World with AFP