Browne may have won in Rakahanga

Wednesday December 19, 2018 Written by Published in Politics

Tina Browne appeared to have claimed the Rakahanga seat following a scrutiny of the votes by the Electoral Office yesterday.


However chief electoral officer Taggy Tangimetua said the final outcome following the check of votes would be released by court registrar Claudine Henry-Anguna.

However, Henry-Anguna could not be contacted before this edition of CINews went to print last night.

Cook Islands Party’s Toka Hagai, who won the seat in the June 14 election, was declared “not duly elected” by the Court of Appeal, and his election declared void.

Hagai was found to have “treated” free food and drinks, including alcohol, to 26 people at his rally for voters in the lead up to the election.

The court in a ruling couched in somewhat convoluted terms, recommended that: “on scrutiny of the Rakahanga rolls, be struck off from the number of votes appearing to have been received by the respondent (Hagai) in the final vote count on 28 June 2018, the vote of every person who voted at the election and was proved to have been so treated in attending the campaign meeting on 24 May 2018”.

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