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French Polynesia

French Polynesia Cook Islands Party being out-polled by the Democratic Party, the result highlights "the disparity in the value of a vote across the Cook Islands" (CIN, 23 July 2014), with the balance of power sitting with smaller voter constituencies. The Democratic Party, now with eight seats, saw their leader Wilkie Rasmussen lose his seat by 10 votes. The Mitiaro seat they won on election night came back tied after the recount, with both candidates garnering 50 votes each (CIN, 18 Jul 2014). A byelection will be needed to sort out the deadlock unless a petition to the court proves successful for either party. On that note, by the 25 July deadline, nine electoral petitions had been lodged with the Cook Islands High Court. As the post-election caretaker government, the Cook Islands Party will now have to wait for the outcome of the court actions. With the constitutional provisions to enable the caretaker government to operate with one quarter of the 2013­14 government appropriations until the end of September, the pressure is now on the judiciary and Chief Justice Thomas Weston, rather than the voting public, to determine the country's government for the next four years. While the year has http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

French Polynesia

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 27 (1) – Jun 5, 2015

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Abstract

Cook Islands Party being out-polled by the Democratic Party, the result highlights "the disparity in the value of a vote across the Cook Islands" (CIN, 23 July 2014), with the balance of power sitting with smaller voter constituencies. The Democratic Party, now with eight seats, saw their leader Wilkie Rasmussen lose his seat by 10 votes. The Mitiaro seat they won on election night came back tied after the recount, with both candidates garnering 50 votes each (CIN, 18 Jul 2014). A byelection will be needed to sort out the deadlock unless a petition to the court proves successful for either party. On that note, by the 25 July deadline, nine electoral petitions had been lodged with the Cook Islands High Court. As the post-election caretaker government, the Cook Islands Party will now have to wait for the outcome of the court actions. With the constitutional provisions to enable the caretaker government to operate with one quarter of the 2013­14 government appropriations until the end of September, the pressure is now on the judiciary and Chief Justice Thomas Weston, rather than the voting public, to determine the country's government for the next four years. While the year has

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Published: Jun 5, 2015

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