In the wake of the alsatian town of Kingersheim, the voters of the sixty municipalities of more than a thousand inhabitants have opted for a list that is participatory and a different mode of governance.
A common characteristic of these new municipal councils : their electoral programme was not made up of “proposals” net but of “reflections” on which residents will be invited to consider.
These instances are, for example, participatory workshops open to all to co-build the projects of the municipality, committees of citizens to make the link with the city council, a house of citizenship, etc
A different management
Of the pilot cities, Kingersheim Haut-Rhin and Saillans in the Drôme region, have shown the way. The first has chosen to continue in the bath of participatory democracy, not the second (for 18 voices).
In the Drome it is another common, Dieulefit, 3150 inhabitants, who will therefore take over. The citizens ‘list” Dare to have a successful transition ” has won the election Sunday. The management of the village will be organized around the nine committees comprised of citizens and two elected officials referents.
Dieulefit is not the only municipality to take the plunge. There are now several hundreds in France, of Pélussin in the Loire valley in Plombières-les-Bains in the Vosges, of Telgruc-sur-Mer in the Finistère to the small village of Vaour, in the Tarn.
The “transition citizen” relates to that of municipalities with less than 5000 inhabitants ? In fact, not, as some political groups have to ally with lists of citizens to win.
The citizens in the place
This is the case in Chambery, 59700 inhabitants, where the new mayor Thierry Repentin has made a covenant with Aurélie Le Meur and his list Chambé Citizen (22.5% of the votes in the first round) to delight the place the Republican Michel Dantin.
In Savoy, as elsewhere, these candidates are not in the rejection of the “traditional” politics, as parties with which they combine to engage in a ” new collective governance and citizen “.
Let’s take again the example of Poitiers, in the Vienne, and its 87900 inhabitants. The new mayor, the ecologist Léonore Moncond’Huy is properly labeled EELV. But the whole of the program of the list, Poitiers Collective, has been developed in a participatory way “, with thematic working groups, open to all, construction and vote on the proposals and collective designation of the candidates.
Qualified of new, the citizen approach has borne fruit and as pointed out by the collective winner on Twitter, ” a new generation of policy took its responsibilities “. Remains to turn the test at the helm of the town hall.