1 Dec 2004

French court to rule on more French Polynesia election challenges

5:51 pm on 1 December 2004

The French Supreme Court is expected to rule shortly on a range of challenges relating to the election of the French Polynesian President, Gaston Flosse, in October.

Mr Flosse was chosen unanimously and unopposed on October the 22nd to succeed Oscar Temaru who was ousted in a motion of no confidence earlier in the month.

The speaker at the time, Antony Geros, said the election was invalid, describing the parliamentary sitting as a party meeting that was boycotted by anti-Flosse politicians.

The election has been challenged by a citizen, Yves Conroy, who says one of the assembly's secretaries was replaced by an MP, Pascale Haiti, making therefore the entire election process illegal.

Mr Conroy also alleges that Mr Flosse failed to register his new government within five days which he says is tantamount to him resigning.

The court is expected to rule on the complaint and also decide whether more irregularities occurred in the general election in May.

The court has already annulled the election of 37 of the 57 MPs chosen in May.