Cook Islands general election, 2004

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General elections were held in the Cook Islands on 7 September 2004.[1] Initial results showed the Democratic Party winning by a wide margin,[2] but close results led to 11 electoral petitions being filed,[3] delaying the date Parliament could sit until mid-December. In the interim, Prime Minister Robert Woonton announced that he was forming a coalition government with the rival Cook Islands Party.[4] This led to a split within the Democrats, with Woonton and four other MPs leaving to form the Demo Tumu Party.[5] With 14 MPs, the coalition had a comfortable majority in Parliament.

The results of the electoral petitions saw the seat of Titikaveka change hands[6] while Woonton's seat was a dead tie. Woonton subsequently resigned in order to fight a by-election,[7] causing his government to be dissolved. He was succeeded by his deputy, Jim Marurai.[8]

Results[edit]

Party Totals[edit]

e • d Summary of the 7 September 2004 Cook Islands Parliament of the Cook Islands election results
Parties Votes % Seats
Democratic Party 3944 47.5 14
Cook Islands Party 3647 43.9 9
Tumu Enua 198 2.4 0
Independents 539 6.5 1
Total 8328 85.8 24
Source: Preliminary results of the Cook Islands election 2004

Electorate Results[edit]

Cook Islands general election, 2004: Akaoa
Party Candidate Votes % ±
CIP Teariki Heather 188 54.3
DP Teremoana Tapi Taio 158 45.7
Turnout 346 75.5
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Amuri-Ureia
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DP Terepai Maoate Jnr 185 50.7
CIP Teokotai Herman 175 47.9
Independent Kiria Kiria 5 1.4
Turnout 365 97.0
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Arutanga-Reureu-Nikaupara
Party Candidate Votes % ±
CIP Teina Bishop 178 57.6
DP Ronald Henry 131 42.4
Turnout 309 92.8
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Avatiu-Ruatonga-Palmerston
Party Candidate Votes % ±
CIP Albert (Peto) Nicholas 315 52.7
DP Poko Keu 283 47.3
Turnout 598 80.9
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Ivirua
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DP Jim Marurai Unopposed
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Manihiki
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DP Robert Woonton 142 50.7
CIP Henry Puna 138 49.3
Turnout 280 100.0
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Matavera
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DP Peri Vaevae Peri 221 49.3
CIP Kiriau Turepu 200 44.6
Independent Mereana Taikoko 27 6.0
Turnout 448 88.9
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Mauke
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DP Mapu Taia 124 61.4
CIP George Cowan 87 43.1
TE Taratoa Rouru Metuariki 17 8.4
Turnout 202 83.1
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Mitiaro
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DP Tangata Vavia 65 52.4
CIP Travel Tou Ariki 59 47.6
Turnout 124 96.9
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Murienua
Party Candidate Votes % ±
CIP Tom Marsters 180 47.0
DP William Pera 99 25.8
Independent Brett Porter 86 22.5
TE Rouru Metuariki 18 4.7
Turnout 383 74.8
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Ngatangiia
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DP Terepai Maoate 269 57.2
CIP Metuatini Tangaroa 170 36.2
Independent Maru Ben 31 6.6
Turnout 470 87.5
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Nikao-Panama
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DP Ngamau Munokoa 442 71.9
CIP Mamapo Manuela 173 28.1
Turnout 615 74.5
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Oneroa
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DP Winton Pickering 132 55.9
TE Taata Tangatakino 96 40.7
CIP Papamama Pokino 8 3.4
Turnout 236 99.6
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Penrhyn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
CIP Wilkie Rasmussen 103 52.3
DP Tepure Tapaitau 94 47.7
Turnout 197 102.1
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Pukapuka-Nassau
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DP Tiaki Wuatai 181 51.4
CIP Tiera Mataora 171 48.6
Turnout 352 98.1
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Rakahanga
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Piho Rua 42 56.8
DP Pupuke Robati 32 43.2
Turnout 74 89.2
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Rua'au
Party Candidate Votes % ±
CIP Vaine Iriano Wichman 315 55.1
DP Geoffrey Heather 257 44.9
Turnout 572 87.5
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Takuvaine-Tutakimoa
Party Candidate Votes % ±
CIP Geoffrey Henry 243 46.1
DP Ngai Tupa 202 38.3
Independent Jessie Sword 82 15.6
Turnout 527 83.4
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Tamarua
Party Candidate Votes % ±
CIP Mii Parima 43 68.3
DP Andy Matapo 20 31.7
Turnout 63 82.9
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Teenui-Mapumai
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DP Upokomaki Simpson 71 54.6
CIP Tangaina Tanga 59 45.4
Turnout 130 92.2
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Tengatangi-Areora-Ngatiarua
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DP Eugene Tatuava 73 35.6
TE Norman George 67 32.7
CIP Nooroa Tou 65 31.7
Turnout 205 97.6
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Titikaveka
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DP Robert Wigmore 270 42.5
CIP Tiki Matapo 264 41.6
Independent Tere Carr 101 15.9
Turnout 635 86.9
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Tupapa-Maraerenga
Party Candidate Votes % ±
CIP Tupou Faireka 353 43.7
DP John Tangi 290 35.9
Independent Elizabeth Ponga 165 20.4
Turnout 808 87.8
Cook Islands general election, 2004: Vaipae-Tautu
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DP Kete Ioane 203 55.9
CIP Tiraa Arere 160 44.1
Turnout 363 82.1

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IFES Election Guide: Cook islands". Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  2. ^ "Democratic party in Cook Islands consolidates election lead". Radio New Zealand International. 2004-09-13. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  3. ^ "Cook Islands election petition period ends". Radio New Zealand International. 2004-09-23. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  4. ^ "Woonton announces new Cook Islands government". Radio New Zealand International. 2004-11-15. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  5. ^ "Cook Islands prime minister forms new party". Radio New Zealand International. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  6. ^ "Cook Islands Party candidate wins petition against election result in Titikaveka". Radio New Zealand International. 2004-12-10. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  7. ^ "Cooks to vote for new Prime Minister after election draw leads to by-election". Radio New Zealand International. 2004-12-12. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  8. ^ "New Cook Islands PM and Cabinet sworn in". Cook Islands Government. 2004-12-15. Retrieved 2009-04-12.