30 Mar 2016

New Caledonia releases roll for provincial elections

1:15 pm on 30 March 2016

The revised electoral roll for New Caledonia's provincial election has been published.

This comes after weeks of scrutiny by especially appointed commissions amid claims that it had contained the names of hundreds of people who aren't eligible to vote.

New Caledonia's capital Noumea.

New Caledonia's capital Noumea. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

The roll is restricted to long-term residents in line with a French constitutional change linked to the territory's decolonisation process.

According to the public broadcaster 600 people, whose eligibility was in doubt, provided documentation to be able to remain enrolled.

A further 325 people have until the end of next week to appeal against their omission.

There is a separate restricted roll being drawn up for the planned 2018 referendum on independence.

The French authorities have struggled for years to produce electoral rolls beyond reproach, making the composition of the rolls one of the most contested political issue.