1999 Cook Islands parliamentary term referendum

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A referendum on reducing the term length of Parliament from five to four years was held in the Cook Islands on 29 June 1999.[1] The proposal would amend article 37 of the constitution, which at the time read "The Queen's Representative shall dissolve Parliament at the expiration of 5 years from the date of the last preceding general election, if it has not sooner been dissolved."[1] The change was approved by 64.5% of voters, but this was below the two-third majority required to modify the constitution.[1] A second referendum in 2004 was passed by the majority required.[2]


Choice Votes %
Four years 64.5
Five years 36.5
Invalid/blank votes
Total 9,371 100
Registered voters/turnout 10,601 88.4
Source: Direct Democracy


  1. ^ a b c Cook Islands, 29 June 1999: Legislative term four or five years= Direct Democracy (in German)
  2. ^ Cook Islands, 7 September 2004: Shortening of the Legislature to four years Direct Democracy (in German)
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