Vote recount tomorrow

Tuesday July 17, 2018 Written by Published in Politics
Democratic Party leader, Tina Browne has fi led a petition against Tokai Hagai, winner of the Rakahanga electorate in June 14’s general election. 18071635 Democratic Party leader, Tina Browne has fi led a petition against Tokai Hagai, winner of the Rakahanga electorate in June 14’s general election. 18071635

The recount of the votes for the Mauke electorate will be conducted by Chief Justice Hugh Williams tomorrow.

One Cook Islands’ Tungane Williams, who lost the seat to Cook Islands Party’s Tai Tura by just a vote, was the only one to put an application for a recount. She managed 56 votes in the 2018 general election which was held on June 14.

The recount will take place at Courthouse Number Two at 9am.

As well as the recount application, Williams also lodged a petition against Tura, the chief electoral officer and the returning officer.

The details of this petition - and the other five, have not been made public by the High Court.

Of the remaining petitions, four are from the Democratic Party and one from the Cook Islands Party (CIP).

Democratic Party leader Tina Browne, who lost the Rakahanga seat, filed the petition against the winner, Toka Hagai of CIP.

Democratic Party candidate James Beer, who lost his Murienua seat, filed a petition against the winner Patrick Arioka of CIP while Willie Katoa, also of Demos, filed a petition against the winner of Pukapuka-Nassau seat Tingika Elikana (CIP) and the chief electoral officer.

The other Demo petition came from Teina Rongo, who made the application against CIP’s Albert Nicholas for the Avatiu-Ruatonga-Palmerston seat.

The CIP’s Kaka Ama filed a petition against Democratic Party’s Tama Tuavera, who won the Ngatangiia seat, and against the chief electoral officer.

CIP will remain a caretaker government until the decisions on the petitions are made.

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