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Cook Island chief electoral officer hopes for high voter turnout

30 April 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Ruci Farrell -

Social media is playing a big role in getting more than 10,300 eligible voters interested in casting their votes for this year's elections in the Cook Islands.

Cook Islands Parliament. Photo/ Supplied.

Nominations for candidates close at midday tomorrow with 30 candidates from four parties so far registered to contest 24 single constituency seats.

Chief Electoral Officer Taggy Tangimetua is hoping voter turnout this year will be as good as the 2014 election.

"We have the biggest voter turnout in the region, about 85 per cent," she says. "In the 2014 we concentrated mostly on voter turnout but I think it's a good thing if we extend it to analyse it by age group and by gender."

Advance and postal votes opens this Friday (Saturday, NZT).

Parliament was dissolved on April 11 and polling day is on June 14.

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