More Tahiti candidates for French Senate seats

7:43 pm on 16 April 2015

The pro-independence party in French Polynesia has failed to nominate a united candidacy for next month's election to the French Senate.

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After a former senator, Richard Tuheiava, lodged his candidacy with a running mate, a rival pair from within the fold has decided to also stand.

They are Tauhiti Nena and the Greens' leader Jacky Bryant who have announced their intentions to stand.

The ruling anti-independence side has also seen disunity in nominating its candidates, resulting in four senior members of the Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party being expelled.

The May election was called after a French court annulled last year's election, saying a march by hundreds of Tahoeraa supporters to the polling station on election day amounted to undue pressure on the electoral college.