French court to rule on Tahiti ballot paper

France’s highest administrative court has confirmed that it has registered a complaint from French Polynesia’s opposition pro-independence Union For Democracy seeking to annul this year’s territorial election result.
The party contends that the now ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira had breached the law by printing its election slogan on the ballot paper.
The complaint was originally launched by the Porinetia Ora Party, whose leader Teiva Manutahi vowed after the first round of voting that he would go to the constitutional court in Paris to annul the election which would then take three months to reorganise.
However, within days of his outcry he withdrew the complaint and became a Tahoeraa ally, completing the election campaign on its side.
Last week, he was appointed as the territory’s first ombudsman.
The court could take years to decide whether the election outcome was significantly influenced by the alleged ballot paper addition.


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