French Polynesia's Gaston Flosse Alleges Fraud In French Elections

Former President says proxies cast votes for people outside their electorates

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, May 11, 2017) – The leader of French Polynesia's Tahoeraa Huiraatira party says there has been electoral fraud in last weekend's French presidential election.

Gaston Flosse told local television that he might lodge a complaint to the French state because he says votes were cast on behalf of people who lived outside their electorates.

Flosse mentioned no place but says in many proxy votes were cast by outsiders.

Flosse backed Marine Le Pen who won more than 40 percent of the votes.

[PIR editor's note: On May 11, 2017 RNZI reported that 'The leader of French Polynesia's Tahoeraa Huiraatira says it has been encouraged by the support given to Marine Le Pen in last weekend's French presidential election. ... Flosse said this outcome would bodeswell for the French parliamentary elections next month as this showed that all her votes were also for the Tahoeraa.']

In 2004, Flosse succeeded with a complaint for electoral fraud, prompting Paris to annul the territorial election in the Society Islands.

He had lost by a narrow margin but lost by a bigger one when the election was rerun in 2005.

Paris had agreed with his contention that the use of blue-coloured curtains in Mahina unduly favoured his rivals whose banners were blue.

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