28 Oct 2002

Cook Island politician says many of his colleagues do not give value for money

11:38 am on 28 October 2002

The Vice President of the Cook Islands Party, Nick Henry, has accused his political colleagues of failing to give their constituencies value for money.

Mr Henry says that last year parliament sat for just 11 days.

So far this year, parliament has held 15 sessions and another sitting is expected in the last two months of the year.

Mr Henry, who is thirty, says many politicians have a mental attitude of " I've worked hard for the country now it's time for the country to do something for me."

He said the party was hoping to announce a young, energetic and professional team for next year's elections.

He says the party will also insist on all candidates signing a -pre-election contract, which means the candidate will be liable for all election costs if he or she decides to cross the floor of the house.