21 October 2016

Indigenous Kanaks plan rally to contest French voter registration fraud in run up to independence referendum

"How is it considered genuine self-determination if France as the administering power fully controls the referendum process which could lead to Kanaky independence and the end of French rule? Is this not the classic conflict of interest? Why is the U.N. not conducting the process?" - a Pacific scholar

Radio New Zealand

Kanak rally planned over New Caledonia roll 

New Caledonia's USTKE union has called for a rally next week to denounce what it calls electoral fraud committed by the French state.
Wednesday's rally is to demand that all Kanaks be automatically inscribed on the electoral roll of those eligible to vote in the 2018 referendum on possible independence from France.
In a statement, the union said this was part of the indigenous Kanaks' struggle to attain full sovereignty while a fraudulent process was being used to sideline the Kanaks in their own country.
The protest was planned territory-wide with the main event being a march to the French High Commission.
The make-up of the roll has been a contentious issue for years.
France has promised to hold a referendum by 2018 to complete the terms of the 1998 Noumea Accord which provides for a phased and irreversible transfer of power from France to New Caledonia.