17 Nov 2009

Six lists contest Loyalty Islands assembly election in New Caledonia

2:14 pm on 17 November 2009

A total of six electoral lists have been submitted for next month's fresh general elections in New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands province.

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

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

The French 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.