19 Oct 2017

Uncertainty remains over New Caledonia referendum roll

From , 4:05 pm on 19 October 2017

A year out from New Caledonia's independence referendum, it is still unclear who will be allowed to vote.

A similar referendum was held during the tumultuous 1980s but the indigenous people boycotted it, which exacerbated tensions between the Kanaks and French loyalists.

Since then two major accords between the rival camps have stabilised the political scene, with the 1998 Noumea Accord providing the decolonisation roadmap to next year's vote.

Walter Zweifel looks at the challenges to finalise the electoral roll.

Kanak and French flags on Ouvea island.

Kanak and French flags on Ouvea island. Photo: AFP