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Democratic Party MP Tetangi Matapo will be attending the Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference (POCC) in Wellington, New Zealand next week as the interim deputy speaker of the Cook Islands Parliament.
Independent candidate Robert Tapaitau, who won the Penrhyn seat in the 2018 general election, will be flown over to Rarotonga on a government-chartered flight.
The Electoral Office is seeking clarification from the Crown Law Office on the due date of petitions challenging the validity of the 2018 general election.
The six Head of Ministry (HOM) positions advertised by Office of the Public Service Commissioner this week will be finalised when a new government is confirmed.
The Cook Islands Party (CIP) remains confident of forming government again despite the final count earlier this week showing no change to the result announced on the night of the June 14 election.
Discussions have been held between the government and the Democratic Party on a number of actions considered necessary to proceed during the caretaker government period.
The leading political parties have not ruled out the possibility of filing petitions after the final count of the votes from the 2018 general elections, expected to be completed later today.
Grey Power president Dennis Tunui says he is “very happy” at the prospect of a new Democratic Party-led government, as it means he and his fellow recipients of New Zealand Superannuation in the Cook Islands will no longer be taxed on their pension.
As negotiations continue between the Democratic Party (Demos), the Cook Islands Party (CIP), One Cook Islands (OCI), and the independents as to who will form the next government, CINews takes a look at who is likely to land a ministerial portfolio and what Cabinet may look like, depending on which party claims a majority.