13 Jan 2010

France open to new electoral system in Tahiti

2:41 pm on 13 January 2010

The French overseas territories minister, Marie-Luce Penchard, says nothing is being excluded in considering changing French Polynesia's electoral system.

Paris has changed the electoral system three times since 2004 and did so last in 2007 in a bid to add political stability when it called an early general election in 2008.

The last change was imposed against the will of the French Polynesian assembly, and although it was never published in the official journal in Tahiti to make it valid, the election went ahead all the same.

Mrs Penchard told a news conference that it is necessary for the assembly members to express their views, but added that legislation may not suffice to restore stability as things are different in Tahiti.

In the absence of anti-party hopping provisions, there have been several politicians to switch sides, allowing three presidents to form governments in less than two years.