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Electoral petition hearings underway

Tuesday September 02, 2014 Written by Published in Politics
Electoral petition hearings underway

Petition proceedings have begun for electoral petitions concerning constituencies in Mangaia and Atiu.

Judge Sir Hugh Williams, court officials, and lawyers travelled to Mangaia on Monday, where testimony was given by a number of witnesses in a case concerning the constituency of Tamarua – currently held by Tokorua Pareina of the Cook Islands Party.
Yesterday, Court resumed in Rarotonga, where hearings took up most of the morning.
Proceedings for two petitions in Atiu began in the afternoon, and included a number of witnesses being called to the stand for matters involving  Democratic candidate Eugene Tatuava’s legal action in Tengatangi-Areora-Ngatiarua against Minister of Health and incumbent Member of Parliament Nandi Glassie.
Testimony was given by Atiu residents Upokoina Toki and Layton Boaza, and Secretary Dr Mat Purea from the Ministry of Agriculture, which was heard by a courthouse filled with politicians and members of the public.
No decisions have been issued for any of the petitions by Justice Williams.
Court Registrar Claudine Henry-Anguna said the court will be travelling to Atiu this morning to continue gathering evidence from witnesses.
She said its is likely all of today and tomorrow will be required to work through a list of witnesses, with all remaining matters for both petitions to be dealt with in Rarotonga on Friday.  

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