General elections were held in the Cook Islands on 11 April 1972. The result was a victory for the ruling Cook Islands Party (CIP), which won 15 of the 22 seats in the Legislative Assembly. The newly formed Democratic Party won seven seats. CIP leader Albert Henry remained Premier.
22 seats in the Legislative Assembly
13 seats needed for a majority
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Prior to the elections the United Cook Islanders party was disbanded, with its members joining the new Democratic Party founded by Thomas Davis after he returned to the Cook Islands from the United States. All candidates except a single independent (Edwin Gold in Mangaia) were from the CIP or Democratic Party.
|Cook Islands Party||15||–3|
|Source: Pacific Islands Monthly|
Following the elections, Henry formed a new cabinet, in which he held fifteen portfolios. The other ministers were Inatio Akaruru (Minister of Health), William Estall (Minister of Agriculture, Marketing Board Co-operatives and Shipping), Geoffrey Henry (Minister of Education, Justice, Lands and Survey), Tupua Henry (Minister of Housing, Internal Affairs and Public Works), Tiakana Numanga (Minister of Fisheries and Police) and Apenera Short (Minister of Broadcasting, Electric Power Supply, Government Printer and Newspaper Corporation).
- Cooks battle Pacific Islands Monthly, March 1972, p125
- Extra time for Cooks Government Pacific Islands Monthly, May 1969, p26
- All the fun of party politics in the Cooks Pacific Islands Monthly, March 1972, pp24, 108
- Premier Henry's star still shines but the lustre's dimmer Pacific Islands Monthly, May 1972, p22
- In a Nutshell Pacific Islands Monthly, pp127–129