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Cook Islands by-election date set
9:08 pm GMT+12, 05/12/2018, Cook Islands

The by-election for the Ivirua constituency in Mangaia will take place on Monday 21 January 2019.

The Electoral Office of the Cook Islands has issued a notice of a by-election.

The Ivirua constituency became vacant after the passing of Democratic Party MP, Anthony Armstrong.

Earlier this week, the Speaker of the House gazetted the passing away of Armstrong and declared the seat vacant.

Consequently, a letter detailing the above action was sent to the Electoral Office.

According to the Electoral Office, nominations of candidates shall close on Friday 21 December 2018 at 12 noon. Each nomination is to be made with $500.

The Main Roll shall close on Tuesday 11 December 2018 at 4.00pm, objections to names on the Main Roll will close on Tuesday 18 December 2018 at 4.00pm.

Cook Islands Leader of the Opposition Terepai Maoate Jnr says he’s pleased that a date for the Ivirua by-election has been set.

The Democratic Party leader thanked the Speaker of the House for being swift in regards to the situation.

Maoate said the Democratic Party central committee has kept in close contact with the Ivirua Democrats.

According to the Party, the constituents of Ivirua will decide who will stand under the party banner.

The Demo Party is concerned with the mystery surrounding the whereabouts of RAPPA member of Parliament Albert Nicholas. 

Government has remained tight lipped on when the long-absent MP can be expected back in the country.

Maoate has called on the Government to come clean and state whether MP Nicholas is returning to assume his responsibilities to his constituency and Parliament.

Maoate said for the government to leave one of the largest constituencies in the country without an MP is unfair on all the residents of RAPPA who deserve a lot better than to be left without representation.

SOURCE: RADIO COOK ISLANDS/PACNEWS


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