The result was a victory for the Democratic Rally of the Tahitian People (RDPT) led by Pouvanaa a Oopa, which won 18 of the 25 seats. The Democratic and Socialist Union of the Resistance won five seats and the Rally of the French People two; the two parties had run together as the Union for the Defence of the Interests of French Oceania (UDIOF).
Oopa failed to win a seat in Papeete, and subsequently stated that he would complain about election fraud to the French government. Governor René Petitbon organised an official enquiry, which concluded that the allegations were unfounded.
|Party or alliance||Votes||%||Seats|
|Democratic Rally of the Tahitian People||15,062||51.88||18|
|Union for the Defence of the|
Interests of French Oceania
|Source: Pacific Islands Monthly|
Following a dispute in the Assembly on 10 April, a fight broke out between Noël Ilari and Alfred Poroi. Ilari then challenged Poroi to a duel, which Poroi agreed should take place at the end of the day. However, the Governor broadcast a radio message, banning it from taking place and stationing police at the homes of the two.
- M. Poroi's victory in Tahiti Pacific Islands Monthly, February 1953, p90
- Tension in French Oceania Pacific Islands Monthly, April 1953, p15
- Lively politics in Tahiti Pacific Islands Monthly, May 1953, p101
- Jean-Marc Regnault (2003) Pouvanaa a Oopa: Victime de la raison d’Etat Les documents parlent, p20
- Election in Oceania Pacific Islands Monthly, April 1953, p78
- John Teariki National Assembly of France