22 Sep 2006

Boats carrying voting papers on their way to outer islands in the Cooks

1:41 pm on 22 September 2006

The people of the Cook Islands go the polls next week to vote for a new government two years earlier than expected.

The election follows the dissolution of parliament in June by the Queen's Representative, Sir Fred Goodwin.

He acted despite the opposition party winning a by-election in Matavera giving it a majority.

The Chief Registrar of Electors, Terry Hagan, says he's satisfied everything is in place to run the election.

He says the voting papers are on their way to the outer islands, reaching Palmerston in the southern group first.

"From there it will go onto Suwarrow where there are three voters managing the reserve up there, from Suwarrow to Nassau, to Pukapuka and finally to Rakahanga, and the boat we've chartered will remain there until after the election and then do the same journey southwards."

Terry Hagan says all the workers involved in the election have all had the necessary training.