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Elections in Kiribati

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Elections in Kiribati are held every 4 years or, earlier, after a no confidence vote. They consist in the national elections of the Maneaba ni Maungatabu from whom is then elected the Beretitenti, shortly after, by the people. They are also local elections of the Councils (one council in each inhabited island and 3 councils in Tarawa).

Kiribati elects on national level a legislature and then a head of state - the president. The president is elected for a four-year term by the people. The House of Assembly (Maneaba ni Maungatabu) has 45 members, 44 elected for a four-year term in single-seat and multi-seat constituencies, and 1 delegate from Rabi Island representing Banaba. The initial number was of 35 in 1978, because the first elections have been held one year before independence in 1979, .

Kiribati has a Westminster system two-party system, which means that there are two dominant political parties, since 2020, but the political parties, that exist since 1965, are not central to political life.

Kiribati has an informal party system, and the website of the House of Assembly of Kiribati says the following on the topic:[1]

The parties are loose groupings rather than disciplined blocks, with little or no structure. Members may change allegiance on a number of occasions during their tenure. It is also common for members to vote according to the special interests of their electorate on certain issues.

Latest national elections[edit]

2020 Presidential election[edit]

Candidate Party Votes %
Taneti Maamau Tobwaan Kiribati 26,053 59.32
Banuera Berina Boutokaan Kiribati Moa 17,866 40.68
Invalid/blank votes 112 0.25
Total 44,031 100
Registered voters/turnout 55,268 79.67
Source: Ministry of Justice

2020 Parliamentary election[edit]

Party First round Second round Total
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
Boutokaan Kiribati Moa Party 13 9 22 +9
Tobwaan Kiribati Party 10 12 22 −9
Non-partisan 1 0
Speaker (not MP) (1) 0
Invalid/blank votes 56 0.15 32 0.12
Total 38,445 100.00 23 27,203 100.00 21 45 0
Registered voters/turnout 44,271 86.84 30,953 87.88
Source: Radio Kiribati

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Political parties" Archived 2010-06-12 at the Wayback Machine, House of Assembly of Kiribati

Walsh, Michael Ravell (2020). A History of Kiribati: From the Earliest Times to the 40th Anniversary of the Republic. ISBN 9-79869535-895-7.

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