Record Modified: May 12 2020

Nov. 17, 2010 Held

Cook Islands

Cook Islands

Election for Cook Islands Parliament


Cast Votes:8,418
Valid Votes:8,418
Invalid Votes:0


Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Cook Islands Party 16 - 3,753


Democratic Party 8 - 3,302


Independent Candidate - - 1,058


Party Tumu - - 160


More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 24 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 N/A.
  • 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: Robert George WIGMORE
    • Seats won in last election: 14
  • Party: Cook Islands Party (CIP)
    • Leader: Henry PUNA
    • Seats won in last election: 7
  • Alliance: Party Tumu
    • Leader: Albert "Peto" NICHOLAS
    • Seats won in last election: 0
  • Party: Independent Candidate
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in last election: 0

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 11,488 (July 2010 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 8,418 (November 2010 The registered voter number reflect the number of voters on the main and supplementary rolls just prior to the election (supplied bythe Electoral Office). Some special votes and just over 400 votes cast by declaration were not included in these numbers.)