Glassie denies supporter confusion

Saturday March 16, 2019 Written by Published in Politics

Democratic Party candidate Nandi Glassie has denied any confusion among his supporters arising from Teariki Heather’s involvement in one of his rallies ahead of Monday’s by-election for the vacant Tengatangi-Areora-Ngatiarua seat.


Former deputy prime minister Heather, who late last year formed the Cook Islands United Party (CIUP), spoke at a Demo rally on Monday night on Atiu.

Before joining the Demos, Glassie, the former Health minister, was part of the CIUP in which he served as a “facilitator” and interim president.

Glassie said Heather did not attend the rally for the CIUP but to provide support to him as they have known each other as old friends in politics.

Accompanying Heather to the rally was former Cook Islands Party (CIP) MP Toa Isamaela. “To answer Teariki Heather addressing our meeting, he was enlightening. Our meeting applauded his address of positivity and encouragements,” Glassie said.

“There was never the slightest confusion from our supporters as Teariki himself was well known to the people of Atiu.

“We valued his short time very much along with Toa Isamaela.”

Glassie will re-contest for the seat he lost in last year’s general election against independent candidate Te-Hani Brown.

Brown claimed the seat last year under the Democratic Party banner after upsetting Glassie, who then contested for the CIP.

However earlier this year, she defected to the CIP-led coalition government and subsequently resigned, which led to this by-election.

Brown decided to stand as an independent candidate and has the support of the CIP.

After resigning, she revealed her intention to contest the upcoming by-election so that she could continue to represent her people in her constituency and freely support the government of the day.

“I believe that I am doing the right thing in handing the seat back to the people who voted me in – who also supported and influenced this decision – allowing them the right to reinstate me as an independent member that can continue to be their voice in Parliament,” Brown earlier said.

“I look forward to continuing my work as an MP so that I can continue helping our people of Enuamanu, and support the government with the completion of our projects.”

Meanwhile 124 names were in the main roll and five in the supplementary roll for the upcoming by-election to be held at the Catholic Hall in Areora, from 9am to 6pm.

There is a special booth set up at the Chief Electoral Officer’s Office for those who are on Rarotonga on the day of the by-election.

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