Saturday, April 21, 2007
First day of voting over
The first day of voting in France's overseas territories is now over. In all previous elections overseas territories voted on the same day as their homeland counterparts, but because of the time difference, the final results were already known in some places before voting even closed. This led to US-size abstention rates, 64.5% alone in Martinique in 2002.
So who has actually already voted? The islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, northeast of Canada, who together muster 5000 registered voters, opened voting stations at 8:00am local time. A more sizeable 656,500 registered voters were then given the chance to cast their ballots in Martinique, Guadeloupe, and French Guiana. Finally French Polynesia opened its doors, with a population (according to Wikipedia) of roughly 260,000.