24 Apr 2013

French Polynesia's two main parties to go head-to-head

4:30 am on 24 April 2013

French Polynesia's two main parties have ruled out any formal alliances with other parties as they have to submit their list of candidates for the run-off in the territorial election by tonight.

In the first round, the Tahoeraa Huiraatira secured more than 40 percent of the vote, going into the second round on May the 5th as favourite.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"The Union For Democracy, which suffered a big setback to win just 24 percent, says the new electoral system was geared at trying to eliminate it for its pro-independence stance. The Union For Democracy says half the electorate is stunned at the electoral success of the Tahoeraa leader, Gaston Flosse, given his multiple convictions for corruption. It says if this nightmare is confirmed in the next round, all Polynesians will be red-faced in shame at the headlines this will ensue. The winning list in the run-off will get a third of the assembly's 57 seats as a bonus, with the rest divided according to parties' relative strength."