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Dates set for Titikaveka seat recount and hearing

Wednesday 21 September 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Politics

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Dates set for Titikaveka seat recount and hearing
Chief Justice Sir Hugh Williams. 17032101

A recount of the Titikaveka seat will take place on September 28.

At a call over hearing in the High Court in Avarua on Tuesday, Chief Justice Sir Hugh Williams allowed Selina Napa’s application for a recount of the Titikaveka seat.  

Napa of the Cook Islands Democratic Party lost her seat to Cook Islands Party member Sonny Williams. She finished third in the race for the Titikaveka seat, Cook Islands United Party candidate Margaret Matenga finished second.

At the hearing, it was agreed by all parties that the recount would be overseen by former Cook Islands solicitor-general Janet Maki on September 28.

Meanwhile, a date has also been set down for the hearing of Matenga’s petition for inquiry.

Matenga’s petition alleges there were at least six people in the Titikaveka seat who voted despite being allegedly ineligible to do so. Matenga lost the seat by three votes.

Chief Justice Williams set down the full hearings for October 5, but acknowledged there was the possibility of a further appeal to strike out the petition.