As part of its decolonisation process for the Cook Islands, the New Zealand government invited United Nations observers to the islands' first democratic elections in 1965. Seated at a polling booth on election day are J. Scott, clerk of the Cook Islands Legislative Assembly (left), and Omar Adeel, UN representative. At right stands one of Adeel's assistants, Godfrey Amachree, under-secretary for the UN Trusteeship Council. Adeel, Sudan's former ambassador to the UN, reported that the elections were free and fair.
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Reference: New Zealand Foreign Affairs Review 22, no.1 (1972): 25
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