Murienua by-election 2013

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A by-election was held in the Cook Islands electorate of Murienua on 19 September 2013.[1] The by-election was precipitated by the resignation of sitting MP Tom Marsters following his appointment as Queen's Representative.[2][3]

Planning for the by-election began immediately following the announcement of Marsters' appointment.[4] Initially the by-election was expected to happen in August, but it was later delayed until September.[3]

The election was contested by two candidates: the Cook Islands Party's Kaota Tuariki and the Democratic Party's James Beer.[5] It was won by Tuariki.[6]

Murienua by-election 2013
Party Candidate Votes % ±
CIP Kaota Tuariki 219 53.0%
DP James Beer 194 47.0%
Turnout 413 79.9%


Allegations of electoral fraud, including late camapigning and treating, were raised shortly after the by-election.[7] On 1 October the Democratic party lodged an election petition.[8] A formal hearing of the petition was pre-empted by Tuariki's resignation,[9] precipitating the 2014 Murienua by-election.[10]

Following his resignation, the Democratic party lodged a complaint of bribery and treating against Tuariki with police.[11]


  1. ^ "Murienua By-Election 2013". Cook Islands Ministry of Finance and Economic Management. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  2. ^ "Marsters appointed new QR". Cook Islands News. 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  3. ^ a b "By-election next month". Cook Islands News. 2013-08-01. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  4. ^ "By-election planning begins". Cook Islands News. 2013-06-06. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  5. ^ "Murienua votes today". Cook Islands News. 2013-09-19. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  6. ^ "Tuariki wins Cook Islands by-election". Radio New Zealand International. 2013-09-26. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  7. ^ Emmanuel Samoglou (2013-09-13). "Allegations of electoral fraud raised". Cook Islands News. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  8. ^ "Demos petition by-election results". Cook Islands News. 2013-10-01. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  9. ^ Emmanuel Samoglou (2013-12-07). "Tuariki resigns Murienua seat". Cook Islands News. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  10. ^ Emmanuel Samoglou (2013-12-17). "Back to the ballot box for Murienua". Cook Islands News. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  11. ^ Emmanuel Samoglou (2013-12-21). "Demos to lodge police complaint – by-election". Cook Islands News. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
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