Elections in New Caledonia

Elections in New Caledonia gives information on election and election results in New Caledonia.

New Caledonia elects a legislature. The Territorial Congress (Congrès Territorial) has 54 members, being the members of the three regional councils, all elected for a five-year term by proportional representation. New Caledonia has a multi-party system, with multiple strong parties.

Latest election

 Summary of the 11 May 2014
Territorial Congress of New Caledonia election results
Party Votes % Seats +/–
Caledonia Together 24,863 23.31 13 +8
The Rally–UMP (Front for Unity) 13,649 12.79 7 –6
Caledonian UnionFLINKS 13,602 12.75 9
Union for Caledonia in France 12,539 11.75 6 New
Build Our Rainbow Nation 12,289 11.52 6 New
National Union for Independence 8,876 8.32 6
Labour Party 3,678 3.45 1 –2
National Front 2,706 2.54 0 0
One Province for All (in coalition with Caledonia Together) 2,561 2.40 2 New
North Province Agreement (in coalition with Front for Unity) 2,191 2.05 1 New
Convergence Country 2,190 2.05 0 New
Party of Kanak Liberation 2,053 1.92 1
Aboriginal Dynamic 1,566 1.47 1 New
Union for Building the Loyalty Islands 1,564 1.47 1 New
The Other Voice 939 0.88 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 1,410
Total 106,650 100 54 0
Registered voters/turnout 152,457 69.95
Source: New Caledonia Government

See also

1934 New Caledonian legislative election

Legislative elections were held in New Caledonia in 1934 to elect half of the General Council. A first round was held on 14 October, with a second round on 28 October.

1945 New Caledonian legislative election

Legislative elections were held in New Caledonia in January 1945. The first round of voting was held on 7 January and the second round on 24 January.

1946–47 New Caledonian legislative election

Legislative elections were held in New Caledonia on 22 December 1946 and 5 January 1947 to elect the 19 elected members of the General Council.The elections saw the left-wing members elected in 1945 largely replaced by members representing business and the mining industry.The new Council elected Henri Lafleur as the territory's representative to the French Council of the Republic.

2004 New Caledonian legislative election

Legislative elections for the Congress were held in New Caledonia on 9 May 2004. Although the Rally for Caledonia in the Republic and Future Together both won 16 seats, Future Together's Marie-Noëlle Thémereau became President.

2009 New Caledonian legislative election

Parliamentary elections were held in New Caledonia on 10 May 2009. Voters in New Caledonia chose 76 candidates for the French territory's three provincial assemblies. Fifty-four of these 76 members were also to become members of the Congress of New Caledonia. Members of the Congress of New Caledonia serve 5-year terms in office upon their election.The Labour Party, which had been founded in 2007 as the political arm of the pro-independence Union of Kanaky Workers and the Exploited (Union syndicale des travailleurs kanaks et des exploités, USTKE), contested the elections for the first time and hoped to gain 12,000 votes and a seat. Due to splits in the two main parties of the anti-independence front, the Rally for Caledonia in the Republic and Future Together (from which Caledonia Together split off in October 2008), the main pro-independence party, Kanak Socialist National Liberation Front, hoped to become the largest party in these elections.

2014 New Caledonian legislative election

Legislative elections were held in New Caledonia on 11 May 2014. The result was a victory for the three anti-independence parties (Caledonia Together, Front for Unity and Union for Caledonia in France), which together won 29 of the 54 seats (48.85% of the votes, 53.7% of the seats) in the Congress of New Caledonia.

2019 New Caledonian legislative election

Legislative elections were held in New Caledonia on 12 May 2019.

Kanak people

Kanak (French spelling until 1984: Canaque) are the indigenous Melanesian inhabitants of New Caledonia, an overseas collectivity of France in the southwest Pacific. According to the 2014 census, they make up 39.1% of the total population with around 104,000 people.Though Melanesian settlement is recorded on Grande Terre's Presqu'île de Foué as far back as the Lapita culture, the origin of Kanak people is unclear. Ethnographic research has shown that Polynesian seafarers have intermarried with the Kanaks over the centuries. The Kanaks refer to the European inhabitants of New Caledonia as Caldoches.

New Caledonia was annexed to France in 1853, and became an overseas territory of France in 1956. An independence movement led to a failed revolt in 1967, and was restarted in 1984, pursuing total independence status from the French rule. When the 1988 Matignon agreements were signed between the representatives of France and New Caledonia to decide on holding the referendum for independence, Jean-Marie Tjibaou, the Kanak leader of the independence movement, had mooted a proposal to set up an Agency for the Development of Kanak Culture (ADCK). After Tjibaou's assassination in 1989, the French President François Mitterrand ordered that a cultural centre on the lines suggested by Tjibaou be set up in Nouméa, the capital of New Caledonia; it was to be the last of Mitterrand's Grands Projets. The Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre was formally established in May 1998.Although ancient Lapita potteries date back to 1500 BC, and the people of the island have long been involved in the arts, since the establishment of the ADCK, Kanak arts and crafts have become more popular in New Caledonia. Wooden carvings in the shape of hawks, ancient gods, serpents and turtles are popular as is flèche faîtière, a carving which resembles a small totem pole with symbolic shapes. Music, dance and singing are part of many a Kanak ceremonial function and dances are performed during the traditional Kanak gatherings with the objective of cementing relationships within the clan and with ancestors.

Outline of New Caledonia

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to New Caledonia:

New Caledonia – "sui generis collectivity" (in practice an overseas territory) of France, comprising a main island (Grande Terre), the Loyalty Islands, and several smaller islands. It is located in the region of Melanesia in the southwest Pacific. At about half the size of Taiwan, it has a land area of 18,575.5 square kilometres (7,172 sq mi). The population was 244,600 inhabitants as of January 2008 official estimates. The capital and largest city of the territory is Nouméa. The currency is the CFP franc.

Since 1986 the United Nations Committee on Decolonization has included New Caledonia on the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories. New Caledonia will decide whether to remain within the French Republic or become an independent state in a referendum sometime after 2014.

Its capital Nouméa is the seat of the regional organization the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (formerly the South Pacific Commission).

Outline of Oceania

The following outline is provided as an overview and topical guide to Oceania.

Oceania is a geographical, and geopolitical, region consisting of numerous lands—mostly islands in the Pacific Ocean and vicinity. The term is also sometimes used to denote a continent comprising Australia and proximate Pacific islands.The boundaries of Oceania are defined in a number of ways. Most definitions include parts of Australasia such as Australia, New Zealand, and New Guinea, and parts of Maritime Southeast Asia. Ethnologically, the islands of Oceania are divided into the subregions of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.

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