Although Charnizay counts only just over 500 inhabitants the Conseil Municipale elections are a topic of discussion amongst the great and the good as this time round, for the 1st time ever as far as we understand it, there are 2 lists; one preponderantly made up of outgoing councillors, the other with more 'new' faces. It has sent something of a ripple round the community. In the past the conseil has been voted in on the nod. The current maire, who is retiring, was voted onto the conseil in the 1970's and has been maire since 1986.
|Fête 2014: band announcing the parade, mini ringmaster at the head|
What we have found fascinating is the fact that one can, if one votes, vote for a mixture of individuals from either list. This is valid for villages of the category [500 - 1,000 inhabitants] that Charnizay falls into.
So, in Charnizay's case where there are two lists, a voter may:
- select anyone they wish from the whichever list if there is more than one list as long as the name is on the list. This is called 'pannage'.
- select up to a maximum of 15 candidates. If a voter votes for less than 15, say for example 8, then these votes are valid.
|Ostrich-type birds, large and small|
- nominate/vote for anyone they think would do a good job whether they are on a list or not, by scratching out a name and inserting their choice on the ballot paper -- 'pannage' old style. The law was revised in May 2013 so this is new.
We are following all these events rather closely as Antoinette is on one of the lists. We shall see what happens come polling day....
|Just a glimpse of a lion, a pierrot and clowns|
|Fête 2011- bleak and chilly weather kept people away|
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