25 Oct 2011

Ford elected mayor on Penrhyn in Cook Islands

6:23 pm on 25 October 2011

Penrhyn politician, Tini Ford, appears to be the runaway winner of the mayoral vote in the small Cook Islands community.

Mr Ford has been mayor on a previous occasion.

The preliminary results show that he has beaten the three other candidates by a landslide.

He got 64 votes, while William Tekena received 16, Mamanave Tini two and Tangaroa Ariki Tai three.

The by-election was held because the incumbent, Paulo Tahaki, was disqualified after moving to Australia.