8 Sep 2004

Cook Islands voters want more money put into health, education

6:10 pm on 8 September 2004

Voters in the Cook Islands say the next government needs to put more money into education and health.

Polling will shortly end in the country's general elections and election officials will then begin counting the votes.

At the Takuvaine-Tutakimoa constituency, after people voted, they expressed concern about upgrading the school system and pumping more funds into hospitals and health.

One voter said too little had been done in the constituency.

"It'd be nice to see that the next person that stands in the constituency will actually come and try and see that changes are made - the roading, the state of some of the destitute houses. Also I'd like to see the changes sometime in the familt benefits."

The electoral office expects to release preliminary results later tonight.