27 Oct 2009

Loyalty Islands election date confirmed by French HC in New Caledonia

10:59 am on 27 October 2009

The French high commission in New Caledonia has confirmed that fresh elections in the Loyalty Islands province will be held on December the 6th.

The results of the polls in May were annulled by the French supreme court which upheld a complaint by the Labour Party which claimed that irregularities with the proxy votes affected the outcome.

The high commissioner, Yves Dassonville, says it is necessary to use more care and rigour in getting the proxy votes.

Nearly a quarter of the province's 20,000 voters choose to use proxy votes as they live on the territory's main island.

All 14 seats in the provincial assembly were won by pro-independence parties, with the Labour Party securing two.