24 May 2018

Lack of will for political reform in Cook Islands

From , 3:04 pm on 24 May 2018

An advocate for political reform in the Cook Islands says candidates in the up coming general election on June the 15th need to voice their views on long standing recommendations for political reform.

Two of the original recommendations; to reduce the parliamentary term from five to four years and to abolish an overseas seat, were implemented.

But Lynnsay Rongokea-Francis told Jenny Meyer some issues from a 20 year old report have still not yet been addressed and with a declining population, many Cook Islanders would like to see fewer MPs as well as those who are elected spending more time in parliament than in recess.

Cook Islands Parliament

Cook Islands Parliament Photo: Supplied