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Cook Island elections to be held on June 14
5:11 pm GMT+12, 12/04/2018, Cook Islands

- Cook Island elections to be held on 14 June.
 
The Queen's Representative in the Cook Islands has dissolved parliament and confirmed the date for the upcoming general elections.
 
Tom Marsters made a public announcement on local radio stating that the elections would be held on Thursday 14 June.
 
Radio Cook Islands reports the date will allow the next administration to pass the budget.
 
The Cook Islands parliamentary staff say no official documentation or notice has been delivered yet.
 
Meanwhile, the Cook Islands government is open to looking at electoral reform, says prime minister Henry Puna.
 
He said there was no particular reason why the government had not yet come through on that issue, although it was a matter of “selling” it to the people.
 
Puna said the people of Atiu, Mangaia and Aitutaki would be the ones most affected.
 
“As you can imagine, an issue as major as that needs time for the people to get their heads around it, and more importantly to accept it. But it’s still alive,” Puna said.
 
His comments came on the back of former Aitutaki MP Teina Bishop’s push for the Constitution Amendment Bill to be tabled in Parliament.

SOURCE: RNZ PACIFIC/COOK ISLANDS NEWS/PACNEWS


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