Gérald Darmanin said on Wednesday June 23 that he was in favor of “No competition” in the distribution of electoral documents, after the “Malfunctions” observed before the first round of departmental and regional ballots.
“The main difficulty is the principle of competitive tendering with a company (Adrexo, Editor’s note) which clearly was not up to the market”, said the Minister of the Interior before the Senate Law Committee.
“If tomorrow Parliament wanted us to take over a certain number of things, in particular to ensure the public service of the elections, personally I would not mind.”, continued Gérald Darmanin, stressing that this would allow “Re-muscle the prefectures”.
Since a 2005 law transposing two European postal directives, the distribution of electoral documents is subject to competition.
Adrexo under fire from critics
Adrexo, which covered distribution in 51 departments of 7 regions for the double ballot, won the tender in January with La Poste, the traditional actor, for an amount of around 200 million euros. Since then, this company specializing in the distribution of advertising materials has been the subject of much criticism.
Photos of professions of faith left in boxes, thrown in trash cans or even outright burned were distributed by the chairman of the commission, François-Noël Buffet (LR).
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The company Adrexo, which reported a computer attack, estimated at 9% the number of electoral envelopes which were not sent to their recipients, indicated Gérald Darmanin, a figure equivalent to that announced by La Poste.
“We will look at the Ministry of the Interior” if this figure was “Underestimated”, he clarified. Gérald Darmanin summoned the leaders of the two companies on Monday, June 21 to ask them “To take all measures to restore normal service” for the second round organized on Sunday 27 June.
The minister reaffirmed that the government would shoot “All the consequences” of these dysfunctions after the elections, in particular if no improvement was noted.