6 May 2013

Voting ends in French Polynesia election

6:04 pm on 6 May 2013

Voting has ended in French Polynesia's run-off election to choose a new 57-member territorial assembly.

Initial results are expected shortly, with a preliminary final result due before the end of the day.

The three party lists contesting today's run-off were the Tahoeraa Huiraatira, the Union For Democracy and the A Tia Porinetia.

The candidates are anxiously awaiting the voters' verdict as the final result will give the winning list 17 bonus seats and therefore a majority in the assembly.

The first round was dominated by the Tahoeraa, which has led to expectations that it will again come first today.

Local television says security has been increased at the polling station in Papeete as rival supporters are awaiting results.

The new assembly will meet next week and a new government will have to be formed by early June.