French Constitutional Court dismisses 10 petitions seeking to postpone snap poll

French Constitutional Court dismisses 10 petitions seeking to postpone snap poll

Concerns about potential risk to election transparency also dismissed, with court clarifying that citizens who were removed from voter register could seek redress in judicial courts

By Esra Taskin

PARIS (AA) – The Constitutional Court in France on Thursday dismissed 10 petitions seeking to postpone the snap election in the country, which was announced by President Emmanuel Macron shortly after his party's defeat in the European Union (EU) Parliament elections.

The court ruled that the time between June 9, when President Macron declared the dissolution of the National Assembly and called for an early election, and June 30, the date of the first round of the election, is constitutionally sufficient.

According to Article 12 of the French Constitution, the election must be held at least 20 days and no more than 40 days following the dissolution of the National Assembly.

Concerns about the potential risk to election transparency were also dismissed, with the court clarifying that citizens who were removed from the voter register could seek redress in judicial courts.

This decision endorsed the planned timeline for early elections.

Early this month, the far-right National Rally (RN) won a significant victory in the EU Parliament election, with 31.37% of the vote, while Macron's Renaissance party received only 14.60%.

The election results prompted Macron on June 9 to dissolve parliament and call early elections.

The snap election will take place in two rounds: the first on June 30 and the second on July 7.


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