Cook Islands Party confirmed in govt following petition failure

An election petition by the leader of the Cook islands Democratic Party has failed, confirming the Cook Islands Party in government.

The Cook islands News reports Chief Justice Sir Hugh Williams released his judgment on the petition last week.

The Democratic Party’s Tina Browne disputed the loss of her Rakahanga seat to the Cook Islands Party alleging the caretaker prime minister Henry Puna’s declaration of a public holiday was aimed at procuring the election of Toka Hagai.

The newpaper reported Toka Hagai has now been confirmed as the rightfully elected MP for the electorate.

Ms Browne’s was the last of six electoral petitions which disputed results of the June election.

None of the petititons were successful.

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