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General elections were held in Tuvalu on 9 September 2019.[1] There were 37 candidates seeking election to the Parliament, two of whom are women: Valisi Alimau, who was contesting in the Nukufetau electorate, and Puakena Boreham who was seeking re-election in the Nui electorate.[2]

2019 Tuvaluan general election

← 2015 9 September 2019

All 15 seats in the Parliament of Tuvalu
  First party
 
Party Independent
Seats before 15

Prime Minister before election

Enele Sopoaga
Independent

Elected Prime Minister

Kausea Natano
Independent

On 19 September 2019, Kausea Natano was voted into the office of Prime Minister of Tuvalu by a parliamentary majority consisting of 10 MPs. He thus replaced incumbent Enele Sopoaga, who had been holding the position for the past six years and was seeking re-election to a new term.[3]

Electoral systemEdit

The 15 members of Parliament are elected in eight constituencies using first-past-the-post voting. Seven islands are two-seat constituencies, whilst Nukulaelae is a single-member constituency. As there are no formal political parties, all candidates run as independents.[4]

ResultsEdit

In the Nukufetau electorate the caretaker prime minister, Enele Sopoaga, was returned to Parliament, however Satini Manuella, Taukelina Finikaso and Maatia Toafa, who were ministers, were not returned. Seven new members of Parliament were elected.[5]

Candidates who were sitting members are noted with *

Candidates in boldface were elected as members of parliament.

Funafuti constituency results
Party Candidate Votes %
Non-partisan Kausea Natano *   355 27.2
Non-partisan Simon Kofe *   374 28.6
Non-partisan Tuafafa Latasi 349 26.7
Non-partisan Soloseni Penitusi 158 12
Non-partisan Luke Paeniu 70 5.3
Nanumanga constituency results
Party Candidate Votes %
Non-partisan Monise Lafai *   366 36.2
Non-partisan Otinielu Tausi * 284 28
Non-partisan Minute Alapati Taupo   361 35.7
Nanumea constituency results
Party Candidate Votes %
Non-partisan Maatia Toafa * 219 13.6
Non-partisan Satini Manuella * 198 12.3
Non-partisan Ampelosa Manoa Tehulu   603 37.4
Non-partisan Timi Melei   327 20.3
Non-partisan Tipelu Kauani 266 16.5
Niutao constituency results
Party Candidate Votes %
Non-partisan Samuelu Teo *   241 18
Non-partisan Tavau Teii 119 8.9
Non-partisan Iopu Iupasi Kaisala 161 12
Non-partisan Itaia Lausaveve 155 11.6
Non-partisan Katepu Laoi   235 17.5
Non-partisan Polikapo Piloma Teaukai 231 17.2
Non-partisan Tefiti Telaaka Malau 198 14.8
Nui constituency results
Party Candidate Votes %
Non-partisan Puakena Boreham *   274 24.9
Non-partisan Mackenzie Kiritome *   249 22.6
Non-partisan Sir Iakoba Italeli 219 19.9
Non-partisan Leneuoti Peau Maatusi 119 10.8
Non-partisan Mataio Tekinene 239 21.7
Nukufetau constituency results
Party Candidate Votes %
Non-partisan Enele Sopoaga *   491 35.8
Non-partisan Afelee Falema Pita 273 19.9
Non-partisan Valisi Alimau 285 20.8
Non-partisan Fatoga Talama   323 23.5
Nukulaelae constituency results
Party Candidate Votes %
Non-partisan Bikenibeu Paeniu 99 17.1
Non-partisan Luuni Tinilau 96 16.7
Non-partisan Namoliki S Neemia 182 31.6
Non-partisan Seve Paeniu   199 34.5
Vaitupu constituency results
Party Candidate Votes %
Non-partisan Taukelina Finikaso * 425 22.5
Non-partisan Isaia Vaipuna Taape *   494 26.2
Non-partisan Nielu Isake   642 34
Non-partisan Sam Panapa 323 17.1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tuvalu to go to the polls on 9 September". Radio New Zealand. 17 June 2019. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  2. ^ Tahana, Jamie (7 September 2019). "Sopoanga hopes he's done enough for re-election when Tuvalu goes to the polls". Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Tuvalu has elected a new Prime Minister - Hon. Kausea Natano". 19 September 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Tuvalu: Palamene o Tuvalu (Parliament of Tuvalu)". ipu.org. 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  5. ^ Tahana, Jamie (10 September 2019). "Tuvalu elections: large turnover for new parliament". Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 10 September 2019.