Paris, Mar 15 : Polling stations are open across France on Sunday for the first round of municipal elections after additional measures were recently imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The stations are expected to follow sanitary guidelines recommended by the government and health experts, reported French media, including the regular cleaning of door handles, tables and voting booths. Other measures include avoiding queues, enforcing a safe distance between voters and ensuring priority for the elderly and frail groups.
Notices at some polling stations called on voters to use their own pens, or throw the pens offered on the spot into the designated bin for recycle after use. Some 47.7 million voters are expected to head to the polls. Polling stations will close between 1700 hrs (GMT) to 1900 hrs depending on the municipality. Exit results will be announced at 1900 hrs.(UNI)