MARURAI, GEORGE, AMONG RE-ELECTED IN COOK

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Partial results disclosed for country’s southern islands

By Helen Greig RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, Nov. 25, 2010) – Nine members of Parliament were confirmed by the Electoral Office yesterday.

The final count for most of the southern group islands was carried out on November 23 and results were issued that night. The results remained the same as on election night even after the special votes were added to the vote tally. The Cook Islands Party now has six of their 15 seats won on election night confirmed.

[PIR editor’s note: The final count of the elections gave the Cook Islands Party an extra seat tied to the preliminary results creating 16 seats for the Party, and leaving the Democratic Party with only 8 seats.]

Outgoing Prime Minister Jim Marurai remains, Mangaia’s Ivirua Member of Parliament, his colleague Winton Pickering has also been re-elected to the Oneroa seat and Tangata Vavia is staying on as Mitiaro’s Member of Parliament.

The Cook Islands Party’s Norman George and Nandi Glassie remain the Atiu tag team, Teina Bishop held onto Aitutaki’s Arutanga-Reureu-Nikaupara the fourth time he’s won the seat and welcomed new colleagues Toanui Isamaela and Mona Ioane on board as the new members for Amuri-Ureia and Vaipae-Tautu respectively. Pukeiti Pukeiti held on to Mangaia’s Tamarua seat after winning it at last year’s by-election following the passing of the Party’s Mii Parima in December 2008.

Results for the remaining 15 seats are due out over the next two days.

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