8 Jan 2007

Cook Islands to hold second by-election following September general election

11:19 am on 8 January 2007

Nominations for the Titikaveka by-election to be held in the Cook Islands on February 7th will close tomorrow.

Elma MaUa reports that the by-election is the result of a High Court decision voiding the September 26th election night victory of Democratic Party candidate Robert Wigmore

"Mr Wigmore won the Titikaveka seat by a large margin but has been forced to return to the polls after the court ruled that he was not a legal candidate because he was still a member of the Cook Islands Investment Corporation at the time of nomination. The ruling follows the petition filed by the Cook Island Party candidate Tiki Matapo who has already begun his door to door election campaign. Mr Wigmore who begins his campaign this week, says he will keep it low key, because he believes people have had enough. This is the second by-election in the Cooks, with the first won by CIP's Teariki Heather for the tied Akaoa seat six weeks after the election.."