2 Nov 2006

Electoral Petitions continue to be heard in Cook Islands

10:51 am on 2 November 2006

The hearings for the electoral petitions submitted after the Cook Islands general election in September are still being heard, although some findings have been released.

Seven petitions were filed after the election won by the Democratic Party with 14 seats the Cook Islands Party eight, one tied seat and the independent one.

Elma Maua reports.

"The court is in Aitutaki for two Cook Islands Party petitions. The hearing for the Vaipae-Tautu constituency finished yesterday, with the judge reserving his decision, and the Amuri-Uriea petition will be heard later today. The court will fly to the other southern island of Mauke tomorrow and return to the main island Rarotonga on Friday. The hearings for the northern group island of Manihiki will be heard on the 13th of November, while the final petition for Titikaveka on Rarotonga will be heard three days later. Final results so far will see a by-election in Akaoa for the tied seat, while the Democratic Party failed to win the only petition it filed for the Avatiu constituency which stays with CIP with a majority of 10 votes. The CIP petition for Matavera was withdrawn."