17 Aug 2017

80 voters called in Cook Islands by-election

From , 5:03 am on 17 August 2017

A mere 80 voters in the Cook Islands are being called to the polls on the island of Mangaia.

The by-election in the Ivirua electorate is to replace the former prime minister Jim Marurai, who resigned for health reasons after holding the seat for 20 years.

His opposition Democratic Party has nominated Tony Armstrong to stand while the ruling Cook Islands Party has chosen Orauamai Harry as its candidate.

Our correspondent in Rarotonga Florence Syme-Buchanan says depending on the election outcome, reform of the 24-member parliament could ensue.

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