20 Nov 2014

Mitiaro decision in Cooks due this week

2:38 pm on 20 November 2014

The Cook Islands Democrat Party candidate in the Mitiaro by-election says the courts will make a decision in two days whether to count the island's by-election.

Cook Islands Democratic Party Logo

Cook Islands Democratic Party Logo Photo: Cook Islands Democratic Party

Tangata Vavia, who is the former MP for Mitiaro and stood again against the Cook Islands Party's Tuakeu Tangatopoto, says there are still four appeals in court following July's general election.

He says the judge had ruled to go ahead with the by-election and the people of Mitiaro voted again on November the 11th but the Cook Islands Party appealed against the High Court decision.

He says the process has been drawn out and hard on the people and he is hoping the votes for Mitiaro will be counted.

"The court decided then that they'll wait until they've heard all the appeals and deliver their judgement on Friday. And if it's the by-election goes ahead as far as their decisions concerned then the vote will be counted after that."

The Mitiaro Democratic Party candidate and former MP, Tangata Vavia.