Six candidates have joined the race and put their names forward as part of the island’s government elections for Mayor of Aitutaki.
The candidates are Tekura ‘Poo’ Bishop, who is the current Mayor, Ngapare Tatira, Tai Herman, George Upu, Bill Paiti and Panapa Samuel.
Aitutaki Island secretary Tuaine George said this is the most interest he’s seen for the mayor’s position.
George said the nominations were put forward prior to the announcement of the postponement of the elections date, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mayor of Aitutaki Tekura Bishop has been involved in the island government for 20 years and this is the first term he has served as the mayor.
Bishop is looking forward to driving more projects.
“It’s been a passion and a drive for me… however, you can’t please everyone,” he said.
He is happy there has been more interest from people as far as leading the island goes.
“I can appreciate that there are more people who want to come onboard,” said Bishop.
The last notice with regards to the Island Government Elections was published on March 19, stating that the postponement was due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
As of last Friday, there was no date set to resume the election.