28 Nov 2014

Chief Justice orders recount in Cook Islands

4:55 pm on 28 November 2014

The Cook Islands' Chief Justice has struck off a vote in the Mitiaro electorate and ordered a recount.

050514. Photo supplied. Pacific flags. Cook Islands.

050514. Photo supplied. Pacific flags. Cook Islands. Photo: supplied

The outcome of July's general election has been uncertain for months with several petitions and appeals being lodged and a by-election held but not counted after a tie in the seat of Mitiaro.

Thomas Weston says one vote has now been deleted as the voter did not meet the qualification requirements.

He did not specify who the person had voted for.

One of the candidates, Tangata Vavia, of the Democratic Party, says a date has also been penciled in by the courts to hear various petitions relating to the Mitiaro seat.

"A tentative date of 8 December has been set to hear those petitions and whatever the outcome is - we will not know until that time."

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