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In the middle of the vote, the PS denounces the aggression of its tellers in Elbeuf

The polling station of the PS militants of Elbeuf is installed in the town hall.
The polling station of the PS militants of Elbeuf is installed in the town hall. (©Le Journal d’Elbeuf)

The elections for the head of the PS began at 5 p.m. this Thursday, January 19, 2023 and are already experiencing strong turmoil.

The Socialist Party, through a press release, indicated this evening that “five young socialists went to Seine-Maritime as scrutineers (responsible for observing the good conduct of the election between the mayor of Rouen, Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol, to the current first secretary of the party, Olivier Faure, Editor’s note). They were victims of a violent physical attack and threatened with death in front of the town hall of Elbeuf, where the polling station is located.

Anger at Elbeuf

In this press release, the PS recalls that “this section had been the subject of the intervention of a bailiff during the vote on Thursday, January 12. The latter had noted a certain number of irregularities during the ballot”. Way to make the link between the two events.

The members of the Elbeuvian left party received this press release coldly. They denounce the heavy implication. ” I have never seen that ! exclaims, furious, Didier Marie, PS senator from Seine-Maritime and PS activist since 1986.

“Leaves a bitter taste”

For his part, Thomas Caillot, the head of the PS section of Elbeuf denounces “this way of doing things” on the part of Olivier Faure’s teams when they sent a bailiff last week to check the Elbeuvian bulletins. “We can send scrutineers, that’s normal. A bailiff ? I take it very badly. We question our probity, we do not trust. It leaves a bitter taste”, comments in a cold anger this loyal member of the rose party who suggests that this behavior “calls into question the attachment to the party”.

It should be noted that the militants of the outgoing first secretary signed the minutes of the first round in Elbeuf. According to the PS activists present in Elbeuf, the bailiff “obviously” found nothing illegal. A note indicated that a Saint-Pierrais militant, registered in Elbeuf, actually voted in Saint-Pierre-lès-Elbeuf. According to Thomas Caillot, it is this element which would have been at the origin of the arrival of the bailiff.

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Remember that the mayor of Elbeuf, Djoudé Merabet, was suspended by the PS for running for the legislative elections against a Nupes candidate (Alma Dufour, elected MP since) and cannot take part in this election.
A few hours before the publication of the election results, the Socialist Party looks in any case already very divided.

A little later in the evening, it was Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol himself who reacted by asking for a denial from the PS.

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