Cook Islands Member of Parliament reduction referendum, 2010

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A referendum was held in the Cook Islands to decide whether to reduce the number of Members of Parliament from 24. The referendum was held at the same time as the 2010 election, on 17 November 2010.[1] It failed at the ballot.

Background

The binding referendum required a two-thirds majority to pass.[2] However, it was unsuccessful, receiving only 4,983 votes and 59.2% support (of all votes, 63.8% of valid votes).[3] Abstention was rather high, with 623 votes or 7.4% blank or invalid.[4]

Poll

According to a poll published by the Cook Islands News on 11 September 2010, 76% of respondents supported the referendum proposal.[5] A number of politicians have publicly stated their support for the referendum proposal, including Democratic Party Leader Robert Wigmore and Cook Islands Party deputy leader Teina Bishop.[6]

Cook Islands Member of Parliament reduction referendum, 2010[7]
Choice Votes Percentage
Referendum failed No 2,822 36.20%
Yes 4,983 63.80%
Required majority 66.67%
Valid votes 7,795 92.60%
Invalid or blank votes 623 7.40%
Total votes 8,418 100.00%

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