2 Sep 2010

Wrangle over nomination in Cook Islands seat held by Sir Terepai Maoate ongoing

5:44 pm on 2 September 2010

In the Cook Islands, problems continue to plague the ruling Democratic Party with two factions in the Ngatangiia constituency on Rarotonga unable to reach a compromise over who should represent it.

The Cook Islands go to the polls in November.

Florence Syme Buchanan reports from Rarotonga that court action is likely if the matter's not resolved soon.


The seat has been held for 25 years by former Democratic Party leader and one time Cook Islands Prime Minister, Sir Terepai Maoate. But the legitimacy of his renomination process has been challenged by a group which says it didn't observe the party's constitution and is therefore invalid. Sir Terepai's committee has rejected these claims. Meanwhile the Democratic central executive committee says the party's constitution must be upheld to ensure legitimacy and fairness of any nomination and voting processes in constituencies. It's likely a final effort to reach a solution will be made when the two groups meet in mediation talks next Tuesday.