The Demo Party “sat” on Norman George’s nomination papers to contest his old Atiu electorate of Tengatangi -Areora- Ngatiarua and didn’t tell him he had lost out to 22-year-old Tehani Brown till last Sunday, George says.
A frustrated Taoro Brown says the row over his wife, MP Rose Brown’s decision to leave the CIP and stand as an independent on Atiu is a result of CIP president Nga Jessie’s anger against him.
“Now is the time for change,” declared Democratic Party leader and Rakahanga candidate Tina Browne at yesterday’s election campaign launch for the Demo nominees at Maire Nui Park.
The governing Cook Islands Party (CIP) and leading opposition party, the Democratic Party are fielding 23 candidates each in the 2018 General Elections which will be held on June 14.
Finance minister Mark Brown says the Cook Islands is unlikely to ever see the Chinese military coming in to take over the country if it is unable to repay its debts to China.