Lau Taveuni Rotuma (Open Constituency, Fiji)

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Lau Taveuni Rotuma Open is a former electoral division of Fiji, one of 25 open constituencies that were elected by universal suffrage (the remaining 46 seats, called communal constituencies, were allocated by ethnicity). Established by the 1997 Constitution, it came into being in 1999 and was used for the parliamentary elections of 1999, 2001, and 2006. The electorate covered the Lau Islands, Taveuni and some of its outliers including Rabi Island and Kioa, and the remote dependency of Rotuma.

The 2013 Constitution promulgated by the Military-backed interim government abolished all constituencies and established a form of proportional representation, with the entire country voting as a single electorate.

Election results[edit]

In the following tables, the primary vote refers to first-preference votes cast. The final vote refers to the final tally after votes for low-polling candidates have been progressively redistributed to other candidates according to pre-arranged electoral agreements (see electoral fusion), which may be customized by the voters (see instant run-off voting).

1999[edit]

Candidate Political party Votes %
Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei (SVT) 7,911 57.96
Ratu Epeli Ganilau Christian Democratic Alliance (VLV) 4,423 32.41
Adi Senimili Tuivanuavou Fijian Association Party (FAP) 1,099 8.05
Waisea Qoronalau Nationalist Vanua Tako Lavo Party (NVTLP) 215 1.58
Total 13,648 100.00

2001[edit]

Candidate Political party Votes %
Savenaca Uluibau Draunidalo Independent 7,081 56.38
Kini Marawai Conservative Alliance (CAMV) 2,849 22.68
Seru Buliruarua Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei (SVT) 2,630 20.94
Total 12,560 100.00

2006[edit]

Candidate Political party Votes %
Savenaca Uluibau Draunidalo Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) 10,888 78.52
Fani Tago Vosaniveibuli National Alliance Party (NAPF) 2,553 18.41
Ratu Pio Naiqama Independent 223 1.61
Ilisoni Taoba Independent 204 1.47
Total 13,868 100.00

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