13 Apr 2015

Sunday flights vote in Cook Islands set for April 22

11:46 am on 13 April 2015

The referendum on Sunday flights to Aitutaki in the Cook Islands is to be held on April 22nd.

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The Cook Islands News reports that Prime Minister Henry Puna raised the referendum issue with cabinet and a directive has been given to the Electoral Office to conduct the necessary arrangements.

The island-wide poll will involve the three constituencies of Arutanga-Nikaupara, Amuri and Vaipae-Tautu.

Only those voters who were eligible at the last general election can participate.

The referendum is non-binding, but Mr Puna says the government will be guided by a simple majority of votes and a subsequent decision will be made on that result.

Air Rarotonga says the company does not wish to comment on the referendum.

The spat over Sunday flights has been long-running, with proponents saying they boost tourism while opposition is mainly based around the belief that Sunday is a sacred day when businesses should not operate.

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