Turnout in general election headed for record low

10th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 10, 2007 (AFP) - Turnout in the first round of France's general election was headed for a record low Sunday, with a polling institute estimating that only 63 percent of voters would exercise their democratic right.

PARIS, June 10, 2007 (AFP) - Turnout in the first round of France's general election was headed for a record low Sunday, with a polling institute estimating that only 63 percent of voters would exercise their democratic right.

Officials said that at 5:00 pm (1500 GMT) 49 percent of voters had cast their ballot.

The CSA polling institute estimated that the number of voters who did not bother to make their electoral choice looked set to reach 37 percent by the time all voting stations close at 8:00 pm.

That would be be the highest abstention rate in a first round parliamentary vote since France's Fifth Republic was established in 1958.

When Nicolas Sarkozy defeated the Socialist Segolene Royal in the presidential race on May 6, 74 percent of voters had cast their ballot by 5:00 pm.

The French were back at the polls in parliamentary elections tipped to tighten rightwing Sarkozy's grip on power and give him the mandate he needs to push through his ambitious reforms.

 

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