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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.

Whichever party has won the general election, veteran Democratic Party politician Ngamau Munokoa hopes they will govern with honesty and ensure everyone works together for the good of the people of the Cook Islands.

Baker ousts DPM

Friday June 15, 2018

A delighted Nooroa Baker couldn’t contain his delight and excitement after defeating deputy prime minister Teariki in provisional results for yesterday’s election.

A first-time voter in the 2018 general elections said she faced a mammoth task in making what she considered the right choice heading to the polls yesterday.

Unsuccessful Titikaveka candidate Margharet Matenga is “saddened” that the Titikaveka Cook Islands Party committee’s decision not to confirm her as the CIP candidate probably cost her the election.

Demo spokesman loses out

Friday June 15, 2018

Another surprise loser in yesterday’s general election was Murienua MP and Democratic Party economic spokesman, James Beer.

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