2 Jun 2010

Cooks Democratic Party conference to go ahead

1:44 pm on 2 June 2010

The Cook Islands Democratic party conference is set to go ahead tomorrow

The move comes after an application for an injunction to stop it was dismissed by the Chief Justice.

Our correspondent Flo Syme-Buchanan has more.

"The injunction was filed by Democratic Party leaders on the grounds they believed the conference was being called by a breakaway faction of the party and as such shouldn't be a called a Democratic Party Conference. Chief Justice Tom Westin commented that the party should put their differences aside. He ruled that the conference should go ahead according to the wishes of the majority, rather than the wishes of just a few. The conference is scheduled to start and will see the election of current executive including the party leader and deputy leader. The Democratic Party has been in turmoil for the past six months resulting in a party split. Conference organisers are hoping that the rift will be healed as the Cook Islands moves towards general elections later this year."