13 Apr 2011

French Polynesia's assembly to discuss latest French electoral system proposal

5:22 am on 13 April 2011

French Polynesia's assembly will today discuss the latest French proposal to change the territory's electoral system ahead of the 2013 elections.

The change is the fourth proposed by Paris since 2004 as it tries to increase political stability.

The pro-autonomy side says it will endeavour to approve the plans but it objects to the new electoral boundaries, saying the Society islands are being given too much prominence.

Last month, the ruling pro-independence Union For Democracy already said it was against the package, claiming that the new boundaries were devised to eliminate it from the political scene.

The last change was adopted by Paris despite 44 out of French Polynesia's assembly's 57 members voting against it.

After the subsequent early general election in 2008, the first government lasted only a few weeks and has since been followed by three more.