With 10 days left until the General Election on Monday, August 1, 174 people have already exercised their right to vote, says chief electoral officer Taggy Tangimetua.
Tangimetua said a lot of the votes came from people leaving the Cook Islands to compete at the Commonwealth Games.
a good turnout for the vote in advance,” she said. “In the past in the first
two weeks you don’t really get a turnout like this.”
Electoral Office had also issued 277 postal votes and 27 postal votes had been
received as of yesterday.
said the number of postal votes issued was also a high number. Most were sent
to Auckland for people on medical referrals or to students. Other postal votes
went to Australia, with one being sent out to the United States and one to
election budget is $300,000 and Tangimetua said it was being used fast.
already incurred expenses like the public notices that went in the paper, so we’ve
tackled all those accounts. The major cost here will be transportation.
still trying to secure transport to Palmerston, Suwarrow, Nassau.
no airports over there so we will have to rely on boats.”
said police patrol boat Te Kukupa II which arrived yesterday might be used
during the election because Taio Shipping was unable to transport the voting
keeping my fingers crossed.”
Tangimetua said there was no voter education programme this year. She said the
Cook Islands had never conducted a voter education programme and nobody had
asked for it.
she said it would be a good thing.
“I recall when we were still in school, we got involved in the whole election side of things.”