9 May 2005

Niue's former finance minister retains seat after name drawn out of hat

7:20 am on 9 May 2005

Niue's former Finance Minister, Toke Talagi, has been returned to the Legislative Assembly after his name was drawn from a hat.

The Niue news internet site says that at first it appeared that Mr Talagi had lost his common roll seat in Alofi South by two votes.

However a recount left both candidates tied.

The final result was decided when a senior official at the justice department drew a name from a hat.

Mr Talagi took the seat from the earlier, provisional winner, businesswoman, Maihetoe Hekau.