Cook Islands general election, 2010

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General elections were held in the Cook Islands on 17 November 2010[1] in order to elect 24 MPs to the Cook Islands Parliament. The elections were won by the Cook Islands Party, which won 16 of the 24 seats.[2] Voter turnout was 78%.[3]

A binding referendum on whether the number of MPs should be reduced from 24 was held at the same time as the election.[4]

Parliament will sit for the first time following the election in February 2011.[5]

Background[edit]

The Democratic Party government of Prime Minister Jim Marurai, which had governed since 2004, effectively collapsed in December 2009 after Finance Minister Terepai Maoate was sacked for his mishandling of a bid to buy the Toa fuel tank farm. This resulted in a mass-resignation of Democratic Party cabinet members,[6][7] the expulsion of Marurai and his supporters, and the withdrawal of support for the government.[8] Marurai then refused to reconvene Parliament in order to forestall a confidence vote.[9] A formal split in the Democratic Party was averted in June 2010 when a party conference readmitted Marurai and the other Cabinet members, and appointed Deputy Prime Minister Robert Wigmore as party leader, with Wilkie Rasmussen as his deputy.[10] However, several senior MPs, including former leader Terepai Maoate and former President John Tangi subsequently failed to win reselection and ran as independents.[11][12]

In the leadup to the election two sitting MPs announced their retirement: Piho Rua[13] and Speaker of the House Mapu Taia.[12] Both were members of the Democratic Party.

Parliament was dissolved on 24 September.[14] Candidate registration closed on 15 October. 70 candidates registered, including 24 from the Cook Islands Party, 23 from the Democrats, 6 from the Te Kura O Te ‘Au People's Movement and 16 independents.[15] Of the 70 candidates, eight were women.[16]

Polling[edit]

On 11 September 2010, a poll of 182 voters conducted by the Cook Islands News reported that the Democratic Party had 33% support, the Cook Islands Party 26%, and independents 14%.[17] The margin of error of the poll was 7%.[18]

A poll of 100 Rarotongans conducted by the Cook Islands Herald on 1 November found that 24% named Democratic Party leader Robert Wigmore as their preferred Prime Minister, 18% preferred Wilkie Rasmussen, 8% Prime Minister Jim Marurai, 5% Cook Islands Party leader Henry Puna, 2% CIP deputy Teina Bishop and 10% others, with 33% undecided.[19]

The campaign[edit]

The Democratic Party launched its campaign on October 7 in vaka Takitumu[20] with the campaign slogan "Our Future. Now."[21] The party promised stability,[21] benefit increases, and public service cuts.[22] It contested every electorate except Arutanga-Nikaupara-Reureu.[20]

The Cook Islands Party launched their campaign on October 8, promising an increased child benefit, a $1000 "baby bonus", water tanks for every household and to address the cost of living.[23] They also promised to prevent "reckless" public spending by making Ministers and public servants personally liable for any misspent funds.[24]

Results[edit]

The election resulted in a two-thirds majority for the Cook Islands Party.[25] Following the election, CIP leader Henry Puna was sworn in as Prime Minister.[26]

Four electoral petitions were subsequently lodged, challenging the results in the electorates of Pukapuka, Rakahanga, Tamarua and Vaipae-Tautu.[27] The petitions were heard in January and February 2011. The results in Rakahanga[28] and Tamarua[29] were upheld.

Party Totals[edit]

e • d Summary of the 17 November 2010 Cook Islands election results
Parties Votes % Seats
Cook Islands Party 3,753 44.5 16
Democratic Party 3,302 39.2 8
Party Tumu 160 1.9 0
Te Kura O Te ‘Au People's Movement 145 1.7 0
Independents 1058 12.5 0
Total 8,418 100.0 24
Source: cookislands.de


Electorate Results[edit]

Preliminary results

Cook Islands general election, 2010: Akaoa
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
CIP Teariki Heather 186 55.4
DP Teremoana Tapi Taio 150 44.6
Turnout 336
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Amuri-Ureia
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
CIP Toanui Isamaela 140 50.4
DP Terepai Maoate Jnr 106 38.1
TKA Ngatuaine Tom 24 8.6
Independent John Tini Snr 8 2.9
Turnout 278
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Arutanga-Reureu-Nikaupara
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
CIP Teina Bishop 168 55.8
TKA May Kavana 72 23.9
Independent JJ Browne 61 20.3
Turnout 301
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Avatiu-Ruatonga-Palmerston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
CIP John Henry 237 48.5
CIPT Albert (Peto) Nicholas 130 26.6
DP Sam Crocombe 114 23.3
TKA Mike Tavioni 8 1.6
Turnout 489
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Ivirua
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DP Jim Marurai 60 92.3
CIP Moe Lucre 5 7.7
Turnout 65
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Manihiki
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
CIP Henry Puna 83 56.5
DP Apii Piho 55 37.4
Independent Rangi Mitaera 9 6.1
Turnout 147
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Matavera
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
CIP Kiriau Turepu 294 58.0
DP Cassey Eggelton 213 42.0
Turnout 507
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Mauke
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
CIP Tai Tura 110 60.1
DP Hugh Graham 73 39.9
Turnout 183
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Mitiaro
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DP Tangata Vavia 54 60.7
CIP Tuakeu Tangatapoto 35 39.3
Turnout 89
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Murienua
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
CIP Tom Marsters 171 41.9
DP James Beer 118 28.9
Independent Teariki Unuka 68 16.7
Independent Angeline Tuara 49 12.0
TKA Tim Tepaki 2 0.5
Turnout 408
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Ngatangiia
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
CIP Atatoa Herman 204 40.3
DP Mann Short 161 31.8
Independent Terepai Maoate 141 27.9
Turnout 506
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Nikao-Panama
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DP Ngamau Munokoa 239 40.6
CIP Tangi Kokaua 187 31.8
Independent Philip Nicholas 162 27.6
Turnout 588
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Oneroa
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DP Winton Pickering 113 58.5
CIP Tangatataia Vavia 51 26.4
Independent Junior Areai Enoka 29 15.0
Turnout 193
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Penrhyn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DP Wilkie Rasmussen 54 47.0
Independent Willie John 52 45.2
CIP Tini Ford 9 7.8
Turnout 115
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Pukapuka-Nassau
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
CIP Tekii Lazaro 73 33.5
DP Tai Ravarua 73 33.5
Independent Vai Peua 72 33.0
Turnout 218
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Rakahanga
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DP Taunga Toka 27 56.3
CIP Toka Hagai 21 43.8
Turnout 48
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Ruaau
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DP William (Smiley) Heather 348 64.9
CIP David Akanoa 153 28.5
Independent Ngamau Tou 35 6.5
Turnout 536
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Takuvaine-Tutakimoa
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
CIP Mark Brown 304 63.5
DP Ngai Tupa 175 36.5
Turnout 479
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Tamarua
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
CIP Pukeiti Pukeiti 31 51.7
DP Andy Matapo 29 48.3
TKA Mimau Tom 0 0.0
Turnout 60
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Teenui-Mapumai
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
CIP Norman George 75 70.8
DP Ngametua Pukeiti 31 29.2
Turnout 106
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Tengatangi-Areora-Ngatiarua
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
CIP Nandi Glassie 81 57.0
DP Eugene Tatuava 61 43.0
Turnout 142
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Titikaveka
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DP Robert Wigmore 293 45.5
CIP Taivero Isamaela 204 31.7
Independent Teariki Matenga 80 12.4
Independent Teava Iro 67 10.4
Turnout 644
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Tupapa-Maraerenga
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
CIP George Angene 386 44.9
DP Nooroa Tupa 241 28.0
Independent Tim Arnold 151 17.6
Independent John Tangi 82 9.5
Turnout 860
Cook Islands general election, 2010: Vaipae-Tautu
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
CIP Moana Ioane 133 46.3
DP Kete Ioane 130 45.3
TKA Simiona Teva Robert 19 6.6
Independent Punua Marsters 5 1.7
Turnout 287

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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