21 Feb 2017

18 New Caledonia residents back on provincial roll

12:53 pm on 21 February 2017

A court in New Caledonia has reinstated 18 people on the provincial electoral roll.

This comes after different judges of the same court last year upheld a demand by the pro-independence Caledonian Union that the 18 be struck off.

Anti-independence parties had accused the French High Commission of committing a serious blunder when it passed on information to the team vetting the roll.

The issue remains contentious.

The provincial rolls are restricted to long term residents and the inscription of many people had been challenged.

The territory has another roll restricted to voters eligible to take part in the independence referendum due next year.

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