PIF team in Papeete to observe voting

4:52 pm on 2 May 2018

A team from the Pacific Islands Forum has arrived in Papeete to observe the second round of voting in French Polynesia's elections.

French Polynesia election coverage

French Polynesia election coverage Photo: website La 1ere France TV

The Forum secretariat said it's the first time the Forum has sent observers to the territory since French Polynesia became a full member in 2016.

Marshall Islands chief electoral commissioner Daniel Andrew and a PNG diplomat in Fiji Jacinta Tony-Barron make up the team which is supported by secretariat officials.

They'll observe pre polling, polling and counting for the second round which takes place on Sunday.

Forum Secretary-General Dame Meg Taylor said such exchanges were great opportunities for election officials across the region to share knowledge, experiences and best practice.

After last month's first round of voting there have been claims of irregularities in Bora Bora, Makemo and Huahine.

A complaint has been lodged seeking to annul the Huahine election.

In 2004, the results in the Society Islands were annulled and fresh elections were then held in early 2005.

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