1967 French Polynesian legislative election

Legislative elections were held in French Polynesia on 10 September 1967 for the Territorial Assembly.[1] The result was a victory for pro-autonomy parties E'a Api and Pupu Here Ai'a, which won 16 of the 30 seats.

1967 French Polynesian legislative election
French Polynesia
← 1962 10 September 1967 1972 →

All 30 seats in the Territorial Assembly
15 seats needed for a majority
Party Leader % Seats +/–
E'a Api Francis Sanford 20.22 9 New
Here Ai'a John Teariki 16.73 7 0
UTUNR Rudy Bambridge 9.61 6 −2
UDT Alfred Poroi 6.83 3 −1
Austral Union 1 New
IAES 1 New
TUNP 1 New
UTP 1 New
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.



The Democratic Rally of the Tahitian People, which had won the previous elections in 1962, was dissolved in November 1963.[2]

Electoral system


The 30 members of the Territorial Assembly were elected from five constituencies; the Austral Islands (2 seats), the Leeward Islands (6), the Marquesas Islands (2), TuamotuGambier Islands (4) and the Windward Islands (16).[1]



The main campaign issue was the question of self-governance. At one of its final meetings, the previous Assembly had debated proposals by Jean-Baptiste Céran-Jérusalémy that the territory should be an autonomous territory in the French Community, that a new flag should be created for the territory and used alongside the French flag and that Tahitian should become a co-official language alongside French.[3] Assembly members voted to delay the decision until after the upcoming elections.[3]

Following the Assembly debate, two new anti-autonomy parties were formed; the Democratic Polynesian Movement and Ia Ora O Polynesia.[3] Other anti-autonomy parties included the Tahitian UnionUnion for the New Republic alliance led by Rudy Bambridge and the Tahitian Democratic Union led by Alfred Poroi.[1] Pro-autonomy parties included E'a Api led by Francis Sanford, Pupu Here Ai'a led by John Teariki and Te Oto I Te Nunaa led by Charles Poroi.[3][1]

A total of 33 parties or party lists contested the elections, with 18 running in the Windward Islands.[1] Pupu Here Ai'a was the only party to contest all five constituencies.[1]



Twenty of the thirty winning candidates were new to the Assembly. The five candidates from minor parties were considered pro-autonomy.[1]

E'a Api5,0279New
Pupu Here Ai'a4,1617New
Tahitian Democratic Union1,6993–1
Austral Union1New
Independents of Economic and Social Action1New
Marquesan Union–UNR1New
Tahoeraa Ui No Polynesia1New
Union of Workers and Fishermen1New
Total votes24,858
Registered voters/turnout36,89767.37
Source: Assembly of French Polynesia, Pacific Islands Monthly, Saura[4]

Elected members

Constituency Member Party Notes
Austral Islands Pierre Hunter Pupu Here Ai'a
Tetuaura Oputu Austral Union
Leeward Islands Roger Amiot E'a Api
Adolphe Bohl Pupu Here Ai'a
Tetuanui Ehu UTUNR Re-elected
Marcel Hart Tahitian Democratic Union Re-elected
William Tcheng Pupu Here Ai'a
Toro Teriirere Tahitian Democratic Union
Marquesas Islands Guy Rauzy E'a Api
André Teikitutoua Marquesan Union–UNR
TuamotuGambier Islands Calixte Jouette UTUNR Re-elected
Riquet Marere UTUNR Re-elected
André Porlier Union of Workers and Fishermen
François Tinomano E'a Api
Windward Islands Adolphe Agniery E'a Api
Yannick Amaru Pupu Here Ai'a
Rudy Bambridge UTUNR Re-elected
François Bordes Pupu Here Ai'a
Henri Bouvier Pupu Here Ai'a
Gaston Flosse UTUNR
Eugène Haereraaroa E'a Api
Anthelme Logel E'a Api
Daniel Millaud E'a Api
Jean Millaud E'a Api
Alfred Poroi Tahitian Democratic Union Re-elected
Nedo Salmon UTUNR Re-elected
Francis Sanford E'a Api
Charles Taufa Tahoeraa Ui No Polynesia
John Teariki Pupu Here Ai'a Re-elected (previously RDPT)
Frantz Vanizette Independents of Economic and Social Action Re-elected (previously UTD)
Source: Assembly of French Polynesia, Pacific Islands Monthly, Saura[4]



Following the elections, E'a Api and Pupu Here Ai'a agreed to work together to form a government.[5] The new Assembly opened on 1 November and elected the five-member Council of Government; the Tahitian Democratic Union voted with the governing parties, electing Leon Assaud, Jean Roy Bambridge, Jean Juventin, Jacques Laurey and André Lonfevre were elected.[5]

Following the death of Marcel Hart in January 1969, he was replaced by Sam Koua.[6] Rudy Bambridge left the Assembly in March 1969 and was replaced by Jacques Teuira. Ah Kong Sham Koua also entered the Assembly during its term.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Strong vote for autonomy in French Polynesia Pacific Islands Monthly, October 1967, p25
  2. ^ Chronologie 1959–1977 Assembly of French Polynesia
  3. ^ a b c d Tahiti hotting up for lively Assembly poll Pacific Islands Monthly, August 1967, p27
  4. ^ a b Bruno Saura (2003) Tinito: la communauté chinoise de Tahiti : installation, structuration, intégration, p317
  5. ^ a b New moves on internal self-government in French Polynesia Pacific Islands Monthly, 1 December 1967, pp16–18
  6. ^ People Pacific Islands Monthly, March 1969, p112
  7. ^ Les élus de l’assemblée territoriale Assembly of French Polynesia