General elections were held in Palau on 6 November 2012. Former President Tommy Remengesau defeated his successor, incumbent Johnson Toribiong, who was first elected in 2008. President Toribiong conceded the election on social media.
The presidential and vice presidential primary elections were held on September 26, 2012. The top two candidates in the primary qualified for the presidential general election on November 6, 2012. Approximately 12,000 registered voters were eligible to participate.
Three candidates contested the presidential primary: Incumbent President Johnson Toribiong, former President Tommy Remengesau Jr., and former Vice PresidentSandra Pierantozzi, who served as vice president from 2001 to 2005. Remengesau and Toribiong, who placed first and second respectively in the primary, advanced to the November 6th election.