4 Sep 2017

Poadja nominated for New Caledonia's French Senate seat

3:50 pm on 4 September 2017

The anti-independence Caledonia Together party says it will put forward a former Congress president Gerard Poadja as its candidate for the French Senate election.

Kanak and French flags on Ouvea island.

Kanak and French flags on Ouvea island. Photo: AFP

On 24 September, 170 seats in Paris are to be renewed, including the two reserved for New Caledonia.

Party leader says Mr Poadja is a Kanak from the main island of Grand Terre which is a departure from the past when Kanaks from the Loyalty Islands tended to attain senior positions in the anti-independence camp.

He was expected to share the election ticket with the incumbent Pierre Frogier, who was also a former Congress president.

The Senators are chosen by an electoral college made up of assembly members and mayors.