16 Apr 2013

Two New Caledonia electoral fraud convictions upheld

3:13 pm on 16 April 2013

New Caledonia's appeal court has upheld suspended one-year prison sentences for two former elected leaders for committing electoral fraud four years ago.

Local media reports say the court ruled that the former mayor of Ouvea, Alosio Cyriaque, and the vice-president of the Loyalty Islands province, Jacqueline Deteix, be deprived of their civic rights, banning them from holding public office for two years.

The ruling came after a complaint by a woman in Noumea who found her name was listed in Ouvea.

A total of eight people were found guilty of the irregularity when the case was first in court a year ago.