6 Oct 2004

Cooks court strikes out election petitions

2:37 pm on 6 October 2004

Two electoral petitions in the Cook Islands have been struck out by the high court while one has been given the go-ahead and a decision is yet to be made on others.

The registrar, Nooapii Tearea, says the petition filed by Eugene Tatuava, in a defensive move to protect his win in a constituency on Atiu, has been thrown out.

And, a petition by Kiriau Turepu filed against Peri Vaevae Pare for Matavera, has also been dismissed.

Mr Tearea says both were struck out due to lack of sufficient details in regards to the allegations.

But, he says the petition by Henry Puna against the win by the prime minister, Dr Robert Woonton, has been allowed to go ahead.