Monday, March 10, 2008

round two

I fear for BB’s liver because it’s gone to a second vote, so potentially another week of canvassing!
We arrived at the mairie last night, where it was standing room only, to hear the results. More than half the village had turned up to listen as the mayor read out each name voted for. This took over two and a half hours. The result: only nine people received over 50% of the votes so there will be another ballot next Sunday to elect the remaining two. The nine elected were all from the first liste, but one of the two not elected from that liste was the head – the one who was up for mayor.

BB received a respectable number of votes – more than nearly everyone on the second liste but was behind the other indépendants, but not by much. They either think he’s a good bloke or a lot of people in the village want an airport.

There was a 90% turnout and five people who weren't candidates received one vote each. Apparently, if a non-candidate gets more than 50% of the votes, he becomes a Council member whether he wants to or not. I'm not quite sure how that works in practice.

Now we have to re-think our campaign strategy. I have to go out and get some feedback and have my report on BB’s desk by 9 o’clock tomorrow morning.

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