24 Apr 2013

Tahiti's Rohfritsch with unchanged list in second round of election

12:52 pm on 24 April 2013

French Polynesia's A Tia Porinetia Party says it will contest next month's second round of the territorial election with the same list of candidates, which won 20 percent of the votes to come third in the first round of voting.

Its leader, Teva Rohfritsch, says voters have overwhelmingly chosen anti-independence politicians in the first round - a reference to the setback of the ruling pro-independence Union For Democracy of Oscar Temaru, which scored 25 percent of the votes.

Mr Rohfritsch says voters will now have to decide what type of autonomy they want to have, asking whether they want the return to the old system of deals among mates and the GIP militia.

He says the election will start afresh in the second round and offer the opportunity to build a new autonomy.

The big winner of the first round was the pro-autonomy Tahoeraa Huiraatira, whose leader, Gaston Flosse, was given jail sentences for corruption this year.

He is allowed to stand because he has appealed against his convictions.