Tina Browne has been retained as leader of the Opposition Democratic Party for another term.
At the party annual general meeting yesterday, Browne had her term extended for a further two-and-a-half years after a motion was passed by the delegates that the election for a party leader be cancelled.
Brown was elected as head of the Democratic Party in April 2017, replacing William (Smiley) Heather.
In the 2018 general election, Browne, a lawyer by profession, contested the seat of Rakahanga, losing to the Cook Islands Party’s Toka Hagai.
Hagai subsequently resigned the seat following allegations of treating, and Browne won it following an electoral petition.
Party co-presidents Sean Willis and Tupou Faireka also have their terms extended without the necessity of a party vote. The delegates have the complete confidence in the men continuing their role, said the Democratic Party in a statement.
Eddie Drollet is again secretary general after gaining the majority in a secret ballot.
Patrons for the Democratic Party are former Queen’s Representative Sir Frederick Goodwin and former Cabinet ministers Ngamau Munokoa and Norman George.
Life members by unanimous vote: Harmon Pou, Ngametua Toko, Papa Moetaua Boaza, Tangata Vavia, Tutai Toru, Manase Pureau, Miti Nikoia and Tapi Taio.
Democratic candidate for the Atiu seat of Tengatangi/Areora/Mapumai June Baudinet also gave a presentation on her aspirations for the constituency and island as whole based on her business and traditional knowledge.
Other presenters covered subjects of policy, media, party unity, ethics and integrity.
Tina Browne said the conference was a success, and thanked her executive, all MPs, Puna delegates and Demo members for their constant support and hard work since the general elections.