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ALOFI, Niue (Niue News, June 2) – An electoral petition challenging the drawing of names from a hat in tied votes after a general election has been heard in the Niue High Court.

The petitioner, Dion Taufitu, was a village Member of Parliament in Toi who lost his seat after a tied vote in the April general election. He contends that the country’s constitution states members of the Assembly must be "elected."

He said the drawing of names from a hat a tied vote is unconstitutional, undemocratic and therefore invalid.

The Electoral Officer Togia Sioneholo said the law was clear about procedures for a tied vote and had been carried out after the last election.

Judge Heta Hingston requested that both parties to make written submissions and said he would deliver his finding within three months.

June 7, 2005

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