ElectionGudie

Sept. 7, 2004 Held

Cook Islands

Cook Islands

Election for Cook Islands Parliament

Results

Cast Votes:8,328
Valid Votes:8,328
Invalid Votes:0

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Democratic Party 14 - 3,944

47.36%

Cook Islands Party 9 - 3,647

43.79%

Independents 1 - 539

6.47%

Foundation of the Land - - 198

2.38%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 25 seats in the Parliament

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Queen ELIZABETH II *
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Jim MARURAI
  • Assembly: Cook Islands has a unicameral Parliament with 25 seats.

* The Queen is represented by Frederick GOODWIN; New Zealand High Commissioner Linda TE PUNI

Description of electoral system:

  • The Queen is hereditary.
  • The Prime Minister is designated by the monarch.**
  • In the Parliament 24 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms.***

** The leader of the majority party or the leader of the majority coalition usually becomes prime minister.

*** Ten MPs are from the main island of Rarotonga and the rest are from the outer islands.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: Democratic Party (DP)
    • Leader: Terepai Tuamure MAOATE
    • Seats won in this election: 14
    • Seats won in last election: 10
  • Party: Cook Islands Party (CIP)
    • Leader: Geoffrey Arama HENRY
    • Seats won in this election: 9
    • Seats won in last election: 11
  • Party: Foundation of the Land / Tumu Enua
    • Leader: Norman GEOGRE
    • Seats won in this election: 0
    • Seats won in last election: 0
  • Independent(s): Independents
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this election: 1
    • Seats won in last election: 0

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 20,300 ( 2004 est.)
  • Registered Voters: N/A