9 Feb 2007

Tomorrow set down for final count from Cook Islands by-election

10:43 am on 9 February 2007

The final count following the Titikaveka by-election in the Cook Islands will be held on Rarotonga tomorrow.

The by election held earlier this week shows the Democratic Party candidate Robert Wigmore received 285 votes retaining the seat by 25 votes, ahead of Cook Islands Party candidate Tiki Matapo 260, and Independent Vaine Rasmussen 27.

The chief Registrar of Electors, Terry Hagan says with the preliminary votes out of the way they will now look at the rest of the votes.

"We've set down tomorrow, Friday afternoon, to conduct the final count. There are approximately 20 plus postal votes that have been received, approximately 30 votes in advance and around about 40 plus votes by delaration that have to be screened and included or excluded from the final count tomorrow."

Mr Hagan says there's not likely to be any change to the by-election results after the final count.