28 Sep 2006

Preliminary results in the Cook Islands election produced some surprises

10:32 am on 28 September 2006

The preliminary results in the Cook Islands election which ended last night produced some surprising results and historic firsts.

The Democratic Party swept to a 14 to ten win over the Cook Islands Party, enough to form a new government although there are around six electorates with less than ten votes separating the candidates

The Cook Islands Party lost three key seats, that of Takuvaine held by the now retired Sir Geoffrey Henry for around 26 years, and the Manihiki seat of newly appointed CIP leader Henry Puna,.

But CIP assistant president, Nick Henry says losing the Tupapa-Maraerenga seat with nearly a thousand voters was the biggest shock.

"Unbelievable result, Tupapa-Maraerenga Cook Islands party since 1965 has never ever been taken away, a young energetic deputy leader, what's gone wrong, what have we done wrong. So I had a look at the numbers 276 people did not turn out to vote in Tupapa which is almost 30 percent, unheard of."

The leader of CIP Henry Puna is due back on the main island Rarotonga today.