31 May 2004

French Polynesian opposition questions Flosse's election annullation bid

11:55 am on 31 May 2004

The French Polynesian opposition says it doubts President Gaston Flosse will succeed in his planned appeal to get last week's election annulled.

Gaston Flosse's move comes after he failed over several days to woo a single opposition MP to give him the one seat he needs to stay in power.

A member of Heiura, or the Greens, Loic Brigato, says Mr Flosse's move coincides with the French state officially confirming the result which has seen the opposition coalition holding a two-seat majority.

Mr Brigato says Mr Flosse is desperate to stay in power.

"The claim is very, very technical. They talk about the size of the paper the people have to use to vote. It's really ridiculous because the size of that kind of paper was controlled by the state of France itself."

Mr Brigato also says the outgoing Flosse team appears to try to make things difficult for a change of government by removing boxes of documents from government offices and destroying computer files.

He also restated claims that Mr Flosse's side offered up to ten million US dollars to key opposition politicians to switch sides.