Flosse bid to register as voter rejected

8:30 am on 11 February 2020

French Polynesia's veteran politician Gaston Flosse has reportedly had his second bid to register as a voter in Papeete rejected.

Flosse wants to make a political comeback in next month's municipal elections after being barred from public office for five years because of two corruption convictions.

Veteran French Polynesian politician, Gaston Flosse.

Veteran French Polynesian politician, Gaston Flosse. Photo: RNZ Pacific

He made a second registration attempt last week after both the electoral commission and the local court threw out his first application submitted last year.

He appealed his first rejection in France's highest court which is expected to make a ruling this week.

A point of contention is whether the small unit at his party's headquarters is his permanent residence.

For 35 years, until 2000, Flosse was mayor of Pirae which is now run by his erstwhile deputy and now president of French Polynesia Edouard Fritch.