Paris court clar­i­fies New Cale roll process

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Paris: France’s high­est ad­min­is­tra­tive court says the con­sti­tu­tion would have to be changed to al­low for New Caledonia’s indigenous peo­ple to be au­to­mat­i­cally en­rolled for next year’s in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum.

The clar­i­fi­ca­tion has come at the be­hest of the French prime min­is­ter Edouard Philippe who is due to host New Cale­do­nian lead­ers within weeks to fi­nalise prepa­ra­tions for the plebiscite.

The court’s ad­vice was that indigenous vot­ers need to first be on the gen­eral roll be­fore they can be listed on the re­stricted roll for the ref­er­en­dum.

The court’s view has been com­mu­ni­cated to the po­lit­i­cal lead­ers in New Caledonia. Mr Philippe is urg­ing them to meet un­der the aus­pices of the French High Com­mis­sion to pre­pare for the fi­nal Paris meet­ing of the sig­na­to­ries to the Noumea Ac­cord. RNZI

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