3 Aug 2012

Cook Islands electoral petition withdrawn

3:03 pm on 3 August 2012

A Cook Islands petition challenging the Titikaveka by-election result has been withdrawn.

Cook Islands Party candidate Teariki Matenga has withdrawn the petition he filed last month protesting against the win of his sister and political rival Selina Napa in the Titikaveka by-election.

Ms Napa got 297 votes to Mr Matenga's 283 while Teava Iro, an independent candidate, received 104.

Mr Matenga challenged the qualifications of 20 voters, and made allegations of corruption, bribery and cheating during the campaign.

The official reason for now withdrawing the petition was he could not produce evidence to back up the claims in time for the hearing, which was to have been this morning.