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Electoral petitions lodged in Cook Islands

Monday 22 August 2022 | Written by RNZ | Published in Pacific Islands, Regional

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Electoral petitions lodged in Cook Islands
Parliament of the Cook Islands. Photo: SUPPLIED

Five electoral petitions and one application for a recount have been filed at the High Court in the Cook Islands.

The Cook Islands News reports that the United Party has filed four petitions, the Democratic Party has filed the other.

Lawyer Norman George, who is representing the United Party, told the News the petitions were lodged in the interests of fairness and concern about the electoral process.

The Democratic Party's Selina Napa, who has filed an application for a recount, held the Titikaveka seat going into the election and finished third with 212 votes.

In the recent election the ruling Cook Islands Party won 12 seats and will govern with the help of two independents.