28 Feb 2005

Tomorrow's planned election in French Polynesia may face Tahoeraa boycott

4:21 pm on 28 February 2005

Uncertainty surrounds tomorrow's planned presidenial election in French Polynesia as the Tahoeraa Huiraatira party led by Gaston Flosse may boycott the assembly sitting.

This would deprive the assembly of a quorum but only defer an election by three days when a simple majority can elect a successor to Mr Flosse whose government lost a no-confidence vote nine days ago.

Tea Hirshon of the rival Union For Democracy says the Tahoeraa members appear almost certain to stay away.

"They have said they will be in the Tuamotus, inaugurating buildings and things like that. Also the public workers received a letter notifying them that their contract will expire on the 3rd of March. They had first received a letter saying it will be expiring on the 28th and then they received a second one saying it will expire on the 3rd of March."

Tea Hirshon of the Union For Democracy in Tahiti