3 Feb 2010

France sets Tahiti electoral reform timetable

4:15 pm on 3 February 2010

The French overseas territories minister, Marie-Luce Penchard, says to reform French Polynesia's electoral system, Paris will send a team to consult and then invite French Polynesians to Paris in July to discuss the plan.

Mrs Penchard has told RFO television in Tahiti that it has been ruled out to allow the people to elect the president directly.

The territory has its fourth president since the early election in 2008 and Paris wants to bring about more stability.

She says to achieve this politicians also need to adhere to what they stood before an election.

"There has to be respect of the results that emanate from the ballot box because we have seen unnatural alliances. There is some sort of political nomadism."

Marie-Luce Penchard says the reform should be completed in a year.

There are no plans to restrict party-hopping despite the frequent change in allegiances.