17 Sep 2007

Paris court to rule if Temaru election in Tahiti stands

3:36 pm on 17 September 2007

A case has been lodged with the French supreme court in Paris challenging the regularity of the process in electing Oscar Temaru as the president of French Polynesia last week.

This comes after the president of the assembly, Edouard Fritch, signed and sent the official document of the election outcome for the French high commission while the announcement of the election outcome in the assembly was made by the acting assembly president, Lana Tetuanui.

Mr Fritch was a losing candidate in the presidential election.

The man who proclaimed himself president in 2004, Rene Hoffer, says apart from the election, in his view being invalid anyway, the process went against the rules governing the assembly because it may involve only one person.

"I don't know if it's Lana Tetuanui or Mr Edouard Fritch who has done that transmission - it really doesn't matter but it has to be the same person."

Rene Hoffer says the tribunal in Papeete has sent the case to the supreme court which is expected to rule wihtin 48 hours.

Last week, the supreme court had to rule whether a simple majority was sufficient to elect a president.