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US News Paris: Controversy around the vote for the presidency of waste treatment

21:30  24 september  2020
21:30  24 september  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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The vote for the presidency of Syctom, the metropolitan agency for the treatment of household waste, took place this Thursday

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A heated vote. This Thursday morning the ballot took place for the election at the head of Syctom , the metropolitan agency for household waste. Eric Cesari, vice-president (LR) of the Greater Paris metropolis and deputy mayor of Courbevoie was elected president, facing Colombe Brossel, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of the cleanliness of public space, sorting and waste reduction, recycling and reuse.

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Syctom, the metropolitan agency for household waste , is the public body responsible for treating the waste produced by 6 million inhabitants of 85 municipalities (Paris and the surrounding suburbs), or 10% of the French population. But the socialists, environmentalists and communists left the meeting before the end of the meeting and are now calling for a new ballot to be held.

"91 ballots, 90 voters"

"90 voters were to elect the president of the union, 91 ballots were counted and 89 people signed the voter list. In addition, the list of voters evolved during the ballot. As a result, the elected representatives of the Parisian majority, as well as all the elected leftists and ecologists representing other communities left the meeting and strongly contest the regularity of this ballot, the sincerity and integrity of which are widely questioned ” , let know the town hall of Paris in a press release.

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The City indicates that it will seize "the competent courts so that a response can be made to the shortcomings observed during the voting operations".

“This vote is an insult”

“This vote is an insult to the millions of Ile-de-France residents that we represent. The challenges of ecological transformation, Zero waste strategy and territorial equality deserve transparency, clarity and democracy ", notes Colombe Brossel . "We take note of the possible irregularities and we ask for a new vote to be held," says Florentin Letissier, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of the social and solidarity economy, the circular economy and the contribution to the zero waste strategy.

Solicited by 20 Minutes, Syctom did not respond to our requests. But she said in a press release that “in his candidacy speech, the new president presented his commitments for this new term. The primary objective is to act collectively to put an end to the landfilling of all recoverable waste. It will also be a question of promoting an ambitious vision of the essential service of waste management at an affordable cost for the communities responsible for it ".

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