6 Mar 2015

Widow stands for Cooks Democrats

3:50 pm on 6 March 2015

The Cook Island Democratic Party has chosen the wife of the recently deceased candidate to stand in the rescheduled by-election at the end of March.

Cook Islands Democratic Party Logo

Cook Islands Democratic Party Logo Photo: Cook Islands Democratic Party

The Party's Constituency Committee is backing Teina Kore Ioane with her nomination as the Democratic candidate in the country's by-election decider expected to be confirmed this weekend.

Mrs Ioane will stand against her late husband's original opponent, the Cook Island Party's Mona Ioane, who is a former Cabinet Minister.

The third contender is also a woman, Amiria Davey, representing the One Cook Islands Party.

There are 427 voters in Aitutaki's Vaipau Tautu electorate for the by-election on March the 31st.

In the 24-seat parliament the ruling Cook Island Party currently has 11 seats, the Democrats have 10 and the One Cook Islands Movement holds two.

The by-election could result in a hung parliament.

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