Cook Islands Demos Pay Costs For Some Election Petitions

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2 petitions have been withdrawn, others still going forward

By Emmanuel Samoglou

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, August 11, 2014) – The Democratic Party has fronted up with security costs for three of eight possible petitions it has indicated it intends to pursue in the High Court.

Costs were paid on Friday for petitions contesting results in the Atiuan constituencies of Tengatangi-Areora-Ngatiarua – where incumbent Member of Parliament and caretaker Cabinet Minister Nandi Glassie is facing bribery allegations – and Teenui-Mapumai, where Rose Toki Brown is also facing an assortment of allegations levelled by veteran politician Norman George.

Petition costs were also paid by the Demos for a possible petition in Tamarua – currently held by the Cook Islands Party, and the subject of an outstanding court appeal regarding the eligibility of two voters.

A total of $22,000 was paid and, if the Party intends to proceed with petitions in Vaipae-Tautu, Mitiaro, Manihiki, and Penrhyn, a further $23,000 will have to be paid out to the High Court by next Friday.

Also on Friday, the High Court was delivered two notices of discontinuance for petitions in Murienua and Akaoa.

In Akaoa, Demo candidate Nooroa Baker said legal proceeding would have had a negative effect on families in the constituency, prompting him to pull the petition.

Patrick Arioka, the CIP candidate in neighbouring Murienua, could not be reach for comment.

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