Cook Islands was initially scheduled to hold its general elections in November 2014. However, a snap general election was called on July 9th, 2014, after the national Parliament was dissolved in mid-April. The Cook Islands follows the Westminster system of government. The Parliament consists of a single chamber of 24 elected members, who are voted in under a “first-past the post” electoral system.
As of the 25th of June, a total of 10,394 voters were registered on the main roll. An analysis of the registered voters roll can be seen here.
52 candidates were confirmed to stand in the July 2014 elections, out of which there were 7 female candidates. From the official 2014 election results provided by the Ministry of Finance & Economic Management, 4 of the 7 women that stood for elections were successfully elected into Parliament.
Honorable Ms Nikki Rattle, the Speaker of the House of Parliament was elected by members of Parliament on 8th October 2014. This will be Hon. Rattle’s second term as Speaker of the House of Parliament. She was first elected as Speaker in 2012 following the passing of the late Speaker, Sir Geoffrey Henry.
Hon. Selina Napa
Party: Democratic Party
Political Status: Member of Parliament
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