Tahiti holds second round of territorial election

6:24 am on 7 May 2018

Voters in French Polynesia go to the polls today in the second round of the territorial election.

Three parties are left to contest the 57 seats for the next five-year term.

The ruling Tapura Huiraatira of Edouard Fritch is the front-runner today after securing 43 percent of the vote two weeks ago.

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Edouard Fritch is the current front-runner Photo: supplied / French Polynesian Presidency

Under the current electoral system, the party coming first today will get a third of all seats as a bonus and is therefore assured of a majority.

The two other parties are the Tahoeraa Huiraatira and the pro-independence Tavini Huiraatira.

Following the first round, there have been claims of irregularities by the Tapura and one complaint has been lodged asking for the result on the island of Huahine to be annulled.

Turnout two weeks ago was 61 percent.

Unofficial results will be known late tonight.

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