The appearance of approximately 430 extra votes in the final count of this month’s general election has been attributed to an unexpected surge in declaratory votes.
The first of a number of deadlines for filing petitions passed on Tuesday, with no contesting of final results by either major party.
A defiant Wilkie Rasmussen is confident a number of court challenges currently in the works will tilt the results of the election in his team’s favour, ushering in a Democratic Party-led government.
An Aitutaki man who had a firearm charge against him dismissed will now be facing re-trial after the Crown won their appeal against the decision.
Local police are trying to track down 19-year-old Tepatua Ngatamariki Crummer, who they believe is aware that he is wanted by police.