Polynesia and the French residing abroad, some of whom have already been able to vote online, are expected to go to the polls this weekend for the first round of legislative elections, Saturday June 4 for the American continent and the Caribbean and Sunday June 5 for the rest of the world. In mainland France, the first and second rounds will take place on June 12 and 19.
The results of the eleven constituencies of French people living abroad should be known overnight from Sunday to Monday, with particular attention to the 5th constituency (Spain, Portugal, Andorra and Monaco) where former Prime Minister Manuel Valls is running as the colors of the presidential majority. In offices set up in consulates and embassies, the second round will take place on Saturday June 18 and Sunday June 19, the day of the second round in mainland France.
Foreign residents who so wished already had the possibility of voting by Internet or by post, from May 27 to June 1. But a series of technical and critical hiccups have tainted Internet voting. Voters in the constituency of Washington, in the United States, for example, declared that they had not received by their AOL, Yahoo or Orange e-mail addresses their identification code allowing them to validate their vote.
In Moscow, Russia, it was the text messages containing the password that did not arrive. Technical problems also marred the vote in Algeria, Madagascar or even Latin America, according to the assembly of French people living abroad. The Internet voting portal was also unavailable for a few hours overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, the Quai d’Orsay reported. In all, according to the ministry, of the 1.4 million voters living outside the borders who could elect their representatives at the Palais Bourbon remotely, more than 250,000 of them voted before the online polls closed on Thursday.
In 2017, the macronists and their allies had won ten constituencies, losing in that of the UDI Meyer Habib, including in particular Italy, Greece, Turkey and Israel. In the second round of the 2022 presidential election, Emmanuel Macron largely won in these constituencies.
On the overseas side, only French Polynesia – where 27 candidates are running in three constituencies – also votes this Saturday for the first round of legislative elections, before a second round on June 18. The nearly 206,500 voters in French Polynesia will start voting this Saturday at 8 a.m. (8 p.m. in Paris), in order to allow the delivery, between the two rounds, of the electoral material in the five Polynesian archipelagos, scattered over an area as larger than Europe in the southern Pacific Ocean.