It was over quickly! That is how I summed up the election day in France. The polls closed at 8 pm and Sarkozy speech conceding defeat was over by 8:30 pm. Around the time the polls were being closed, I was on my way to join a group of expatriates meeting up in a pub to watch the post-polling process as a group. On my way, I noticed a group of people in a street that was cordoned off. On reaching there, I found a giant TV screen where Sarkozy was addressing his supporters.
As only a few minutes had passed after the polls had closed, I wondered what this speech was about. I assumed the speech to be urging his followers to exercise restraint in the following hours. Actually I got it partially right. It was about exercising restraint and also conceding defeat. There were a few people in tears and most of the faces were grim. When I walked into pub after watching the crowd and their reactions, my friend told me the results were out. Hollande has won.
What amazes me is how fast the results were out for the second round of the French elections of 2012. The polls had hardly closed and the winner emerges. How do they do it? Something which further surprises me was the final voting tally was announced around noon the next day. Why would anyone accept defeat even before the final votes have been counted? Isn't it strange? What is the possible explanation for all this?