6 May 2013

Three list contest in final hours of French Polynesia election

2:15 pm on 6 May 2013

Voting will end in two hours in French Polynesia's run-off election to choose a new 57-member territorial assembly.

Three lists are vying to come first as this will give the winner the bonus seats to secure an absolute majority.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"A festive atmosphere has accompanied voting at all polling stations in the Papeete area, where cheering supporters of the three parties have been lining access streets waving party banners. A rain storm conincided with opening of polls but the day quickly gave way to brilliant sunshine. Traffic jams around the polling stations have eased, amid reports that by midday turn-out was up over the first round two weeks ago. Abstentions were high last time, giving hope to all parties they can win. Preliminary results are expected within hours of the polls closure."