French voters will decide between incumbent President Emmanuel Macron or his far-right challenger Marine Le Pen on Sunday. This is the second round vote to elect a new leader in France after a divisive campaign.
According to a BBC report, in order to win, both candidates, who also contested in 2017’s presidential run-off, will have to attract voters who supported other candidates in the first round of voting on April 10.
The report stated that “But these are two polemising figures in France and no votes can be guaranteed.”
It is not clear if voters will vote against either candidate by voting with their blank ballots or simply refusing to turn out.
The report stated that France’s holiday season is affecting a large portion of the population and that turnout could be low.
According to polls, voter participation could be at its lowest point since 1969.
Voting stations will be open at 8 a.m., and will close at 8: p.m.
Macron, who aims to be the first sitting President to win a second term after 20 years, will give an address from a platform at the base of the Eiffel tower on Sunday evening.
Friday at midnight, Campaigning was over
Since the first round vote, on April 10, Macron won 27.85 percent and Le Pen 22.35% respectively.
The BBC reported that the latest Harris/Challenges polls, which were conducted between April 15-18, placed Macron at 54.0 percent and Le Pen at 46.0%.