July 11, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
Cook Islands Legislative Assembly Election on Wednesday 9 July 2014
The election for the 24 seats in the Legislative Assembly in the Cook Islands was held on Wednesday 9 July 2014. The election came after the Queen's Representative dissolved parliament in April 2014, and was held just months before the 50th anniversary of self-rule.[i] Located in the South Pacific Ocean, the Cook Islands has a population of 13,400 people, with approximately 8,418 registered voters. Preliminary results show Prime Minister Henry PUNA’s Cook Islands Party as winning only 10 seats; opposition leader Wilkie RASMUSSEN’s Democratic Party as winning 11 seats, and the One Cook Islands Party as winning 2 seats and 1 seat tied.[ii] Final results will be released in the upcoming days, but observers speculate that there will be court challenges to the results.[iii]