The 2018 elections are no exception, with six electoral petitions having been lodged.
The application by Nane Williams in the Mauke electorate is no surprise, given the incredibly close tally for that seat.
The others are not so clear, so it will be intriguing to find out the precise nature of the complaints in the petitions.
However, given the extremely slim margin of seats between the two major parties – 11 to 10 – success in even one or two petitions can dramatically alter the political landscape.
For instance, if Kaka Ama were successful, that would bring the CIP to 11. If so, would one of the newly appointed interim ministers then be bumped off their perch?
Historically, the most famous – or infamous – election petitions in the Cook Islands were in relation to the fly-in voter scandal by the Cook Islands Party during the administration of Sir Albert Henry.
These petitions culminated in the 1978 ruling by the High Court that the CIP had committed bribery and corruption on a grand scale.
It was a complex case but in a nutshell, the CIP administration sanctioned an elaborate scheme to charter flights to fly in voters from New Zealand to shore up their flagging support base in the general elections.
With the help of a wealthy supporter, a certain Finbar Kenny, they devised an ingenious plan to obscure the fact that the finance for the charter return flight was really from public money.
Free passage on the charter flights were available only to CIP voters – but not to supporters of the Democratic Party.
At the ensuing court case, the evidence was damning and under intense cross-examination all was revealed.
The court ruling disallowed all the fly-in votes, which led to the CIP losing their majority in the House, which in turn led to their losing office.
Fast forward to the 2018 petitions and let’s see what the outcome in each case will be. Que sera, sera.