The Left Alliance had many means of retaining a majority on Sunday in the canton of Vaud. But her constituents turned away from one of her elected officials in a way that is not fully understood.
The results of the second round of the Vaud elections for the State Council showed that the left succeeded in mobilizing its forces, with the first two places going to the outgoing Socialist State Councillors, Nuria Gurit and Rebecca Ruiz with more than 90,000 votes and 55% of the vote. This is much more than Christelle Louisier (PLR) was elected in the first round with 50%. Environmentalist Vassilis Venizelos, not by far a bookmaker’s favorite, was able to get back into the race by moving from ninth to sixth place.
16000 voice behind
So everything had to go well. After a miserable participation in the first round, in Lausanne, another 9,000 people went to vote on Sunday. The Pink and Green Alliance has been running on the turbo since March 20th. The call to vote on the agreement was launched on the left, as on the right. How do you explain, then, that Cesla Amarel finds herself behind her colleague Nuria Gorit by 16,000 votes?
Admittedly, Cesla Amarel is not the most popular among the elected officials, she is more intellectual, more imaginative at the head of the training, youth and culture department, but still … In light of the results, this is not the left that had a bad result in the canton of Vaud, but those who left the way and followed Cesla Amarel. The left had many means of retaining its majority on Sunday. But her constituents distanced themselves from one of her elected officials in an incomprehensible way. This attitude is crushing and will leave traces in minds.
Lukewarm victory on the right
Therefore, the right seizes the opportunity to regain the majority. But here, too, the victory is not as beautiful as hoped for in the first round: to pass the entire five-man squad. These elections were marked by the creation of a coalition that included the National Liberation Party, the Center, and the Center. The five candidates campaigned together like a group of comrades. Today’s schoolboy’s adventure leaves a friend on Earth, who has “one eye that laughs and one that cries,” as he puts it.
Michael Boffat will not take over the presidency of Jean-Claude Mermaud who died in 2011. It is an almost unknown person of Zug origin, Valerie Detley, 29, backed entirely by the PLR, who is questioning his kindness. The UDC candidate was not undeserving in this campaign, having first appeared, perhaps, as a sympathetic person. But he lost between the two rounds 7000 votes to Valerie Dietley. What, like Cesla Amarel, also raises questions about the conundrums of heavy voting.
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