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Closing date set for candidates

Monday April 16, 2018 Written by Published in Politics
Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters dissolved Parliament on Wednesday this week Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters dissolved Parliament on Wednesday this week

The closing date for nominating candidates entering the 2018 General Election has been set for April 30, with each applicant also required to pay $500.

This notice, from the electoral office, comes after Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters dissolved Parliament and set the election date for June 14, on request of prime minister Henry Puna.

Thursday next week will see the main roll close at 4pm, with any objections to that list required before April 26 at the same time.

May 3 4pm will see the close of the supplementary roll, and any objections to that roll will close the next week at the same time.

For people who are not enrolled, they can enrol now by downloading and completing the enrolment form and returning it to the Electoral office.

An elector whose details have changed from that shown on the roll or has since qualified to enrol will be required by law to notify the Electoral Office of the change or apply to register.

“We have witnessed an increase in voter registration in the last update of Cook Islands electoral rolls. These are mostly the new voters who have qualified to register to vote in the next elections,” chief electoral officer Taggy Tangimetua said.

“Voting is not compulsory but registration is. We encourage people to take part in an opportunity to make a difference and vote.”

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