2019 Micronesian parliamentary election

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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.[1]

A majority of voters voted in favour of calling a Constitutional Convention.

Electoral system[edit]

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.[2]

Following the elections, the President and Vice-President are elected by the Congress, with only the four at-large Senators allowed to be candidates.[2]

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.[3]

Campaign[edit]

A total of 32 candidates were originally registered to contest the elections,[4] although Chuuk Electoral District 1 candidate Mithasy Mark later dropped out, leaving Florencio Singkoro Harper to run unopposed.[1] 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.[4]

Referendums[edit]

A national referendum was held alongside the parliamentary election in which voters were asked whether they were in favor of calling a constitutional convention.[5]

An independence referendum was scheduled to be held in Chuuk State on the same day, but was postponed.

Results[edit]

Congress[edit]

State District Candidate Votes % Notes
Chuuk At-Large Wesley Simina 15,941 Re-elected
Erin Eram 3,356
Election District 1 Florencio Singkoro Harper 2,727 100 Re-elected unopposed
Election District 2 Victory Gouland 1,787 100 Re-elected unopposed
Election District 3 Derensio Konman 4,599 Re-elected
Eflove Mailos 2,256
Election District 4 Tiwiter Aritos 4,938 Re-elected
Manuel Rawit 555
Smith Paulus 245
Election District 5 Robson Urak Romlow 1,083 Re-elected
Vidalino Jones Raatior 684
Zander Refilong 461
Arisao Aichem 353
Joseph Konno, Jr. 182
Kosrae At-Large Yosiwo George 1,824 Elected
Aren Palik 1,814
Election District Paliknoa Welly 2,130 Re-elected
Johnson Asher 1,491
Pohnpei At-Large David Panuelo 6,775 Re-elected
Peter M. Christian 6,716
Election District 1 Ferny Perman 2,396 Re-elected
Merlynn Abello-Alfonso 2,136
Election District 2 Dion Neth 2,504 Re-elected
Berney Martin 1,082
Herman Semes, Jr. 984
Quincy Lawrence 942
Election District 3 Esmond Moses 2,543 Re-elected
Marstella Jack 1,155
Yap At-Large Joseph Urusemal 2,371 100 Re-elected unopposed
Election District Isaac Figir 2,225 Re-elected
Fidelik Thiyer-Fanoway 244
Source: Hawaii Free Press

Referendum[edit]

The referendum proposal was approved by 61% of voters, meaning that a Constitutional Convention will be held. Any proposals for constitutional amendments will be put to a future referendum.

Choice Popular vote State
vote
Votes %
For 9,771 61.2 2
Against 6,188 38.8 2
Invalid/blank votes
Total 15,959 100 4
Registered voters/turnout
Source: Direct Democracy

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FSM Election 2019 Certified Results Hawaii Free Press, 8 March 2019
  2. ^ a b Electoral system IPU
  3. ^ Article XIV: Amendments Constitution of the Federated States of Micronesia
  4. ^ a b 32 Petitions Filed for National Elections 2019 Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia
  5. ^ FSM president likely to lose seat to House speaker Pacific News Centre, 7 March 2019