2019 Micronesian parliamentary election
Parliamentary elections were held in the Federated States of Micronesia on 5 March 2019, alongside a referendum on calling a Constitutional Convention. All 14 seats in Congress were up for election, and all 13 incumbents standing for re-election were returned to Congress.
A majority of voters voted in favour of calling a Constitutional Convention.
The 14 members of Congress were elected by two methods; ten are elected in single-member constituencies by first-past-the-post voting for two year terms. Four were at-large Senator, with one elected from each state for a four-year term.
Following the elections, the President and Vice-President are elected by the Congress, with only the four at-large Senators allowed to be candidates.
Unlike a constitutional referendum, which requires 75% of the vote in three of the four states to vote in favour in order for the proposal to be approved, referendums on calling constitutional referendums require only a simple majority of the vote.
A total of 32 candidates were originally registered to contest the elections, although Chuuk Electoral District 1 candidate Mithasy Mark later dropped out, leaving Florencio Singkoro Harper to run unopposed. Former President Joseph Urusemal was the only candidate for the Senatorial seat in Yap State, whilst Victor Gouland ran unopposed in Electoral District 2 in Chuuk State.
A national referendum was held alongside the parliamentary election in which voters were asked whether they were in favor of calling a constitutional convention.
|Election District 1||Florencio Singkoro Harper||2,975||100||Re-elected unopposed|
|Election District 2||Victory Gouland||2,694||100||Re-elected unopposed|
|Election District 3||Derensio Konman||4,616||Re-elected|
|Election District 4||Tiwiter Aritos||5,062||Re-elected|
|Election District 5||Robson Urak Romlow||1,119||Re-elected|
|Vidalino Jones Raatior||708|
|Joseph Konno, Jr.||186|
|Election District||Paliknoa Welly||2,130||Re-elected|
|Peter M. Christian||6,714|
|Election District 1||Ferny Perman||2,397||Re-elected|
|Election District 2||Dion Neth||2,077||Re-elected|
|Herman Semes, Jr.||1,020|
|Election District 3||Esmond Moses||2,543||Re-elected|
|Yap||At-Large||Joseph Urusemal||2,371||100||Re-elected unopposed|
|Election District||Isaac Figir||2,225||Re-elected|
The referendum proposal was approved by 61% of voters overall. A majority was in favour in Kosrae and Pohnpei, but it was rejected in Chuuk and Yap. However, as an overall majority of voters approved the proposal, a Constitutional Convention will be elected.
|Source: Direct Democracy|
- FSM Election 2019 Certified Results Hawaii Free Press, 8 March 2019
- Electoral system IPU
- Article XIV: Amendments Constitution of the Federated States of Micronesia
- 32 Petitions Filed for National Elections 2019 Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia
- FSM president likely to lose seat to House speaker Pacific News Centre, 7 March 2019