Elections in Kiribati
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.
- "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
2020 Presidential election
|Taneti Maamau||Tobwaan Kiribati||26,053||59.32|
|Banuera Berina||Boutokaan Kiribati Moa||17,866||40.68|
|Source: Ministry of Justice|
2020 Parliamentary election
|Party||First round||Second round||Total
|Boutokaan Kiribati Moa Party||13||9||22||+9|
|Tobwaan Kiribati Party||10||12||22||−9|
|Speaker (not MP)||–||–||–||–||–||–||(1)||0|
|Source: Radio Kiribati|