1968 Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands parliamentary election

Parliamentary elections were held in the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands on 5 November 1968, except in the Marshall Islands, where they were delayed until 20 December due to an outbreak of flu.[1]

Electoral system


The bicameral Congress consisted of a 12-member Senate with two members from each of the six districts and a 21-member House of Representatives with seats apportioned to each district based on their population – five from Truk, four from the Marshall Islands and Ponape, three from the Mariana Islands and Palau and two from Yap.[2]

Elections were held every two years in November of even-numbered years, with all members of the House of Representatives and half the Senate (one member from each district) renewed at each election.




District Elected Member Notes
Marianas Olympio T. Borja Re-elected
Marshalls Isaac Lanwi Re-elected
Palau Lazarus Salii Previously a Representative
Ponape Bailey Olter Re-elected
Truk Tosiwo Nakayama Re-elected
Yap Raphael Moonfel
Source: US Department of State

House of Representatives

District Constituency Elected Member Notes
Marianas 1st District Benjamin Manglona Re-elected
2nd District Nicholas Palacios
3rd District Felix Rabauliman
Marshalls 4th District Charles Domnick
5th District Henry Samuel Re-elected
6th District Ekpap Silk Re-elected
7th District Ataji Balos
Palau 8th District Roman Tmetuchl
9th District Polycarp Basilius Re-elected
10th District Minoru Ueki
Ponape 11th District Joab Sigrah Re-elected
12th District Bethwel Henry Re-elected
13th District Heinrich Iriarte
14th District Olter Paul
Truk 15th District Raymond Setik Re-elected
16th District Sasauo Haruo
17th District Endy Dois
18th District Masao Nakayama
19th District Chutomu Nimues Re-elected
Yap 20th District John Mangefel
21st District John N. Rugulimar Re-elected
Source: US Department of State



The newly elected Congress met for the first time on 13 January 1969. Bethwel Henry was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives and Amata Kabua was elected president of the Senate.[3]

Hirosi Ismael (elected in 1966) resigned from the Senate. In the January 1969 by-election, Ambilos Iehsi was elected to replace him.[4] Chutomu Nimues resigned from the House of Delegates later in 1969. Hans Wiliander was elected in the subsequent by-election on 20 November 1969.[2] Minoru Ueki also resigned from Congress, and was replaced by Tarkong Pedro, who won the by-election on 2 April 1970.[2]