20 Jun 2018

Five parties to campaign in New Caledonia referendum

2:01 pm on 20 June 2018

Five political parties in New Caledonia have been authorised to campaign in the November referendum on independence from France.

People take part in a demonstration on April 24, 2015 in Noumea, New-Caledonia, called by two right wing UMP affiliated parties to codemn the French Governemnt policy about New-Caledonia forced march towards independance.

Right-wing parties rally in Noumea against New Caledonia's possible independence and the Socialist government in France Photo: AFP

The French High Commission announced the names approved by the commission overseeing the process of the plebiscite.

There are three anti-independence parties: the Caledonian Republicans, the Rassemblement and Caledonia Together.

On the pro-independence side, the recognised parties are the Caledonian Union/FLNKS and the National Union For Independence.

These five parties can be reimbursed for their campaign expenses.

Opinion polls suggest a majority will vote to stay with France.

In the last independence referendum in 1987, the pro-independence camp boycotted the vote and more than 98 percent rejected independence.

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