LiO trains and coaches will be free in Occitania next Sunday, for the second round of the presidential election. A measure decided by the President of the Region, the Socialist Carole Delga, to fight against abstention and especially encourage young students and workers to go to the polls in the municipality where they are registered on the electoral rolls. However, a tweet from the President of the Region raises suspicions of this democratic measure. Encourage him in his message posted this Sunday to catch the train or bus for free, to “block the far right.”
The opposition in the County Council hardly appreciates it
Julien Sánchez, regional councilor, belonging to the National Concentration denounces “an anti-republican attitude“of a president of a regional council who behaves like”an activist“.
A regional president must be above the parties, he must be neutral, but Carole Delga pursues partisan politics “-Julien Sánchez
“The PS only has to use the free carpool to get its activists to vote for Emmanuel Macron”
Per Regional Councilor LR Sacha Briandthis free transport measure decided by the President of the Region will not be particularly effective in combating abstention and this tweet can even be counterproductive : “What surprises me a little about this approach is that it suggests that young people, of course, would not be inclined to vote this second round in play, which is not true.
Ms. Delga’s position is highly questionable, using free regional transportation for partisan purposes, makes people feel like the “system” is being set up to counter Marine Le Pen. The Socialist Party should only use the free carpool to block Marine Le Pen. -Sacha Briand
Jean-Luc Gibelin, Communist Vice President of the Regional Councilresponsible for mobility and transport infrastructure, to try procrastinate : “The choice of Carole Delga to do the free transport on the day of the second round wants to mark a strong commitment to the importance of voting. It will be important to use your ballot paper that day, but this tweet does not mean that you join Emmanuel Macron’s program.“.
To catch free trains this weekend, call the toll-free number 0800.31.31.31 to book your ticket (outbound or outbound) and email a copy of your ID and voter ID. For cars, all you have to do is present your driver’s license.