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Friday 29 July 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in National, Politics

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High profile delegates in Rarotonga to observe election
Cook Islands flag Photo: RNZ/ Tim Glasgow

A team of high-profile delegates touched down in Rarotonga on Tuesday to observe the General Election taking place on Monday, August 1.

Chief electoral officer Taggy Tangimetua said their role was to observe our election and assess whether an election is in line with international standards.

The observers would also highlight specific recommendations for improvement.

The team is made up of six people from Fiji, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands.

They are here until August 3 and will also visit Aitutaki.

The team includes Deputy Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Fiji Government Esala Nayasi, Deputy Secretary General Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Dr. Filimon Manoni, Governance Officer for the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Teanuanua Nicole, Executive Coordination Officer from Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Nikola Komailevuka, Solomon Islands High Commissioner to New Zealand Eliam Tangirongo, and Tuvalu High Commissioner to New Zealand Feue Tipu.

Tangimetua said she had also been on an Electoral Observer Mission before.