2 Sep 2003

Leading Cooks politician issues a challenge to MPs to vote on parliamentary reforms

4:51 pm on 2 September 2003

The President of the Cook Islands Democratic Party, Iaveta Short, has challenged his ruling members of parliament to put reform laws to the vote.

This follows a rare decision by a party executive to allow public comment on issues facing the government

Mr Short says he knows there is opposition to constitutional amendments that would shorten the parliamentary term and get rid of the controversial overseas seat.

But he told the Cook Islands News that the Democratic Party government should put the amendments to the vote and expose those who oppose it.

Some senior members of the government -- and the opposition -- opposed the amendments when they came up for their second reading last month.

Mr Short was chairman of the 1998 Commission of Inquiry into Political Review, whose recommendations have largely been ignored by the last five governments.