Democratic Party candidate Tamaiva “Captain Tama” Tuavera has retained the Ngatangiia seat he won off the Cook Islands Party in 2014, pulling in 254 votes to his opponent Tukaka Ama’s 211.
The 2018 general election has come and gone and preliminary results have given the Democratic Party (Demos) 11 seats in parliament. The Cook Islands Party gained 10 seats. One Cook Islands (OCI) won one seat and two independents also gained seats in parliament. CINews analyses the results from each constituency, and looks at results that may change after special and postal votes have been accounted for.
While there are still a number of special and postal votes that have yet to be counted, this year’s general election looks set to make history with the lowest voter turnout the Cook Islands has yet seen, going right back to the very first election in 1965.
The Cook Islands Party (CIP) remains hopeful of some good news when the final counting of votes from the general election is finalised later this month.
Cook Islanders have sent a strong message to the next government, with 63 per cent of the country calling for reform in CINews’ 2018 election poll.