Gérald Darmanin summoned, Monday, June 21, Adrexo and La Poste, the two service providers for the delivery of electoral propaganda, to take “All measures to restore normal service” for the second round of regional and departmental elections.
In a statement, the Minister of the Interior explained that he had summoned them to the ministry on Monday morning. “Following unacceptable dysfunctions linked to the quality of the delivery of electoral propaganda for the first round of departmental and regional elections”.
Saturday, the local authorities had deplored that, in many municipalities, the official documents of electoral propaganda (professions of faith of the candidates and ballot papers) were not distributed to the voters before the Sunday poll. “The failure of the national public election service is unacceptable and can only fuel abstention”, had warned the Association of Mayors of France, the Assembly of the Departments of France and Regions of France. These dysfunctions had also been denounced by many elected officials, from the left as from the right.
The Minister of the Interior reminded the companies Adrexo and La Poste “The obligation of results which bound them” and theirs “Expressly requested to guarantee that such malfunctions do not recur for the second round”, next Sunday. He asked them “To take all measures to restore normal service”, can we read in the press release.
“IT and operational constraints”
Mr. Darmanin added that the two providers “Will communicate directly in order to provide all the answers legitimately expected by elected officials and candidates, as well as by our fellow citizens”. They “Will propose from here until this evening strong measures to improve very concretely the information of the voters”, he continued. The minister finally warned that “All the lessons of the mistakes made will be learned the day after the second round of these elections”.
“The operational management of this mission [d’acheminement de la propagande électorale] experienced disruptions in May ”Adrexo admitted in a statement on Monday, saying he was “Victim” of a “Cyberattack”. “With the resolution of this incident, Adrexo has organized itself to allow its teams to distribute under the best conditions, despite the severe IT and operational constraints”, added the company after its summons to the interior ministry, assuring to have “Stabilized its information systems” for the second round.
Adrexo also specifies that it will put in place “Specific campaign monitoring at the local level” through a “Dedicated support unit, intended for prefectures, sub-prefectures and town halls and locally reinforced distribution monitoring procedures”.