Polynesia elects three separatist deputies, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna vote for macronists
New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna, which had largely voted for Emmanuel Macron during the presidential election, elected three Macronist deputies on Sunday while Polynesian voters elected three independence candidates supported by Nupes, during the second round of legislative elections.
– Polynesia –
In the three constituencies of this ultra-marine community, a duel opposed an autonomist, supported by the president of the local government Edouard Fritch and by Together!, to a separatist supported by Nupes.
In the first, Nicole Bouteau, well ahead in the first round, was beaten (49.12%) by a young 21-year-old separatist, Tematai Le Gayic (50.88%), who was Sunday noon, at least temporarily, more young elected in the history of the Fifth Republic to the National Assembly, pending the final results of the legislative elections on Sunday evening.
In the second constituency, Steve Chailloux (58.89%), a young separatist Tahitian teacher wins against Tepuaraurii Teriitahi (41.11%), the group president of his autonomist party in the Assembly of French Polynesia .
The victory of incumbent MP Moetai Brotherson (61.32%) was more expected in the third constituency: he beat Tuterai Tumahai (38.68%) an autonomist new to politics who had surprised by repeatedly expressing his adherence to the ideas of his adversary.
National political labels have little influence on Polynesian voters who position themselves mainly according to the instructions of local parties. The independence party also owes its victory to an opposition front against the local majority.
This is the first time that this party has managed to elect more than one deputy, and the first time that it has won an election without an alliance. One year before the Territoriales, the most important elections in French Polynesia, it is also a warning to the majority party and to the government of Edouard Fritch, put in difficulty by the economic crisis following the Covid epidemic.
– New Caledonia –
Philippe Dunoyer and Nicolas Metzdorf, both members of a recently created loyalist coalition attached to the presidential party, won their duel against the independence candidates of the FLNKS.
Mr. Dunoyer, 54, was re-elected hands down with 66.40% of the vote in the first constituency which covers Noumea and the Loyalty Islands. He benefited from the postponement of LR votes, which had called for support between the two rounds, and from a rebound in participation.
In the second constituency, Nicolas Metzdorf, 34, clearly beat the separatist Gérard Reignier while the two candidates were neck and neck at the end of the first round.
Mr. Metzdorf, mayor of La Foa, had a large pool of votes, given LR’s instructions in his favor. He succeeds Philippe Gomès who did not stand for re-election.
Since 1986, the separatists have never succeeded in winning a legislative election and denounce a division that came into force that year.
– Wallis and futuna –
The duel between the two candidates claiming the presidential majority, without having been officially invested, was extremely close.
Mikaele Seo, in the running with the support of the majority in power in the territorial assembly, only won 16 votes more than his opponent Etuato Mulikihaamea, from civil society. Aged 51, Mr. Seo has been a member of the territorial assembly since 2017. The election at the Bourbon Palace of this maintenance worker in a college in Wallis could however be the subject of an appeal by the loser, given very low voice difference.