Wednesday, January 26

Presidential 2022: Sponsorships, campaign, ballot … The main dates of the election

On April 10, or in exactly three months, French voters will be called to the polls to choose their President of the Republic. But many other dates are decisive in this presidential election, before and after the poll.

January 30 at the latest: start of sponsorship collection

According to the law of March 29, 2021, voters are summoned by a decree published at least ten weeks before the date of the first round. For the candidates, it is the kick-off to collect the 500 sponsorships of elected officials from at least 30 different overseas departments or communities, necessary to be able to present themselves.

March 4: deadline for submitting sponsorships

The sponsorship collection period ends no later than the sixth Friday before the first round, i.e. March 4, at 6 p.m. The Constitutional Council publishes them at least twice a week during the period for receiving sponsorship, then all at least eight days before the first round.

March 4: deadline for registration on the electoral rolls

As with sponsorship, voters have until March 4 to register on the electoral rolls in order to be able to vote in the first round (March 18 for the second). In previous presidential elections, it was necessary to register no later than December 31 of the year preceding the election. A new decree, dated December 22, 2021, extends the process until the sixth Friday preceding the vote.

March 11: publication of the list of candidates

It is no later than the fourth Friday before the election, i.e. March 11, 2022, that the government must publish the official list of candidates, after prior validation by the Constitutional Council.

March 28: start of the official campaign

The official campaign begins on the second Monday before the first round, which is March 28. It will stop on Friday April 8 at midnight. The rules on speaking time and on the air are changing: candidates must benefit from equal – and no longer just fair – representation in the media.

April 10: first round of the presidential election

On July 13, 2021, the Council of Ministers set the dates for the presidential election, after consultation with the political parties. The ballot will take place during a period of school holidays: on April 10, only zone B will be on vacation. On April 24, all zones, A, B and C, will be on vacation. The first round will begin on Saturday April 9 in certain overseas communities to take into account the time difference.

April 24: second round of the presidential election

The French are called to the polls to designate the future President of the Republic between the two candidates who won in the first round.

May 13: deadline for the new president to take office

Once elected, the successful candidate must take office no later than the last day of the incumbent president’s term of office. As Emmanuel Macron took office on May 4, 2017, that of his successor will take place no later than May 13, 2022.

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June 24: deadline for filing presidential campaign accounts

The closed campaign accounts must be submitted to the Constitutional Council, which then has six months to validate them and determine the amount to be reimbursed to the candidates according to their results in the ballot. The reimbursement amounts to 47.5% of the expenditure ceiling for those who obtained more than 5% of the votes cast in the first round, and to 4.75% for the others.

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