ELECTION CAMPAIGNING BEGINS IN FRENCH POLYNESIA

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PAPEETE, Tahiti (April 22, 1998 - PACNEWS)---By-election campaigning has begun for eleven of 41 seats in French Polynesia's territorial assembly, Radio Australia reports.

The by-elections were called after the 1996 election results were cancelled because of irregularities in voting and allegations of corruption.

Polling will take place May 24 for eight seats in the Leeward Islands and three seats in the Marquesas Islands.

Seven of the eight seats being contested were won in the 1996 elections by the Tavini Huiraatira Party headed by French Polynesia's President, Gaston Flosse.

All major parties are participating in the by-election.

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