Murienua by-election 2014

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A by-election will be held in the Cook Islands electorate of Murienua on 19 February 2014.[1] The by-election was precipitated by the resignation of the winner of the 2013 Murienua by-election following allegations of election fraud.[2][3]

Both candidates in the 2013 by-election have indicated that they will run again.[4] A "stand-in" candidate for the Cook Islands Party, Tare Mareiti, subsequently withdrew.[5] The election was won by the Democratic Party's James Beer.[6]

Murienua by-election 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DP James Beer 216 50.9%
CIP Kaota Tuariki 208 49.1%
Turnout 424


Following the by-election the Cook Islands Party filed an election petition alleging bribery, undue influence, the publication of false allegations to influence the vote, and unqualified voting.[7]


  1. ^ Emmanuel Samoglou (2013-12-21). "Round two in Murienua set for February". Cook Islands News. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  2. ^ Emmanuel Samoglou (2013-12-07). "Tuariki resigns Murienua seat". Cook Islands News. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  3. ^ "Demos petition by-election results". Cook Islands News. 2013-10-01. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  4. ^ Emmanuel Samoglou (2014-01-14). "Candidates set for Murienua re-run". Cook Islands News. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  5. ^ Emmanuel Samoglou (2014-01-16). "2nd CIP by-election candidate withdraws". Cook Islands News. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  6. ^ Emmanuel Samoglou (25 February 2014). "By-election win was 'sweet' for Demos". Cook Islands News. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  7. ^ Emmanuel Samoglou (2014-03-03). "Petition puts seat in limbo". Cook Islands News. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
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