19 Feb 2015

Cooks petition decision reserved

3:39 pm on 19 February 2015

The Court of Appeal in Auckland has heard from both the Cook Islands and Democratic parties over the long-running Mitiaro electoral petition case and decided to reserve its decision for a later date.

The Cook Islands Party is appealing against a High Court decision to award the Mitiaro seat to Democratic Party MP Tangata Vavia.

The party argued that a vote should be excluded as the voter had chosen to leave Mitiaro for medical reasons.

Mitiaro Island, Cook Islands

Mitiaro Island, Cook Islands Photo: Free google search image