24 Sep 2010

Early voting approved for Cooks Demo run-off selection

3:11 pm on 24 September 2010

Despite strong opposition, a decision has been made to allow early voting in the run-off selection of the Cook Islands Democratic Party's candidate in the Ngatangiia electorate on Rarotonga.

This comes after efforts by the incumbent, a former Prime Minister Sir Terepai Maoate, to stop the early votes.

But Sir Terepai's opponent, Mann Short, has successfully argued that all eligible Democratic Party voters in Ngatangiia should have a chance to vote.

To vote in advance, the party members need provide evidence they will not be on the island next Wednesday when the vote will be held.

The run-off comes after a controversy over the earlier selection of Sir Terepai as the Democratic Party candidate.