French Polynesian legislative election, 2013

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Legislative elections were held in French Polynesia on 21 April and 5 May 2013.[1] The result was a victory for the Tahoera'a Huiraatira party, which won 38 of the 57 seats in the Assembly.

Electoral system[edit]

The election was held using a two round system. In the first round, parties were required to cross a threshold of 12.5% in order to participate in the second round,[1] although parties receiving between 5% and 12.5% were allowed to form an alliance for the second round with a party that did qualify.[2] In the second round, 38 seats are allocated by proportional representation, with the party receiving the most votes gaining an additional 19 seats.[1]


The Union for Democracy alliance was continued for the elections, consisting of Aia Api, Here Ai'a, Tavini Huiraatira, Tapura Amui No Raromatai and Tapura Amui No Te Faatereraa Manahune – Tuhaa Pae. A new alliance, A Tia Porinetia, was formed for the election, which included To Tatou Aia and several smaller parties.[1]

After being knocked out in the first round, Emile Vernier, leader of the Rally for the Respect of the Polynesian Population, gave his backing to A Tia Porinetia.[3]


Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes % Seats +/–
Tahoera'a Huiraatira 51,316 40.16 62,340 45.11 38 +28
Union for Democracy 30,781 24.09 40,441 29.26 11 –8
A Tia Porinetia 25,453 19.92 35,421 25.63 8 New
All Polynesians 7,293 5.71
Ia Tura to'u Femus 4,553 3.56
Te Ara Ti'a 3,956 3.10
Te Hiti Tau Api 3,079 2.41
Rally for the Respect of the Polynesian Population 885 0.69
Amuitahiraa Huiraatira 452 0.35
Invalid/blank votes 1,621 1,412
Total 129,389 100 139,614 100 57 0
Registered voters/turnout 195,835 66.07 191,799 72.79
Source: Tahiti News, Tahiti News