5 May 2013

Temaru in last ditch Tahiti campaign effort

6:08 pm on 5 May 2013

The leader of French Polynesia's pro-independence Union For Democracy, Oscar Temaru, has told a crowd of mainly young supporters that in tomorrow's territorial election, each of the votes they will cast in a few hours will have a value.

Defying a convention that bans campaigning on the eve of the election, Mr Temaru addressed a party rally near Papeete, saying they have now been told what is at stake.

He says they should tell their friends he has been fighting for their future and that of their children.

"We'll fight and keep fighting until this country is independent and sovereign."

Oscar Temaru, who has been the president for the past two years, says should voters choose the rival Tahoeraa Huiraatira, it would bring shame on his country.

The Tahoeraa dominated the first round two weeks ago despite a raft of recent corruption convictions given to its leader, Gaston Flosse.