1968 Cook Islands general election
22 seats in the Legislative Assembly
13 seats needed for a majority
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
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General elections were held in the Cook Islands on 1 May 1968. The result was a victory for the Cook Islands Party (CIP), which won 16 seats, a gain of two from the 1965 elections. The newly formed United Cook Islanders won the other six seats to become the parliamentary opposition. CIP leader Albert Henry continued as Prime Minister.
1968 Cook Islands general election Intro articles: 5
In February a new party, the United Cook Islanders (UCI), was formed. Its members included former cabinet members Mana Strickland and Manea Tamarua. The new party launched its manifesto on 8 April.
A total of 55 candidates contested the elections; 23 from the CIP (two candidates from the party ran against each other in Pukapuka, and four candidates from the party contested the three seats in Takitumu), 18 from the UCI and six independents. Former Leader of Government Business Dick Charles Brown had intended to run as an independent, but withdrew. The CIP candidates were returned unopposed in Mauke and Mitiaro.
The campaign period during April saw meetings held almost every night, with CIP meetings initially drawing crowds of several hundred, rising to over 1,300 by the end of the campaign. In contrast, UCI meetings were usually attended by fewer than 100 people.
1968 Cook Islands general election Campaign articles: 3
The CIP won all nine seats in Rarotonga, and gained the three Aitutaki seats, which had been won by the Independent Group in 1965. The UCI's former ministers, Strickland and Tamarua, both lost their seats.
|Cook Islands Party||12,202||64.45||16||+2|
|United Cook Islanders||6,352||33.55||6||New|
1968 Cook Islands general election Results articles: 18
- Breakaways seek power in Cooks' elections Pacific Islands Monthly, May 1968, p24
- David Stone (1970). "Parties and politics in Polynesia: Political trends in the self-governing Cook Islands". Journal of the Polynesian Society. 79 (2): 179.
- Albert Henry back in the Cooks with a bang Pacific Islands Monthly, June 1968, p24