Rotuma (Rotuman Communal Constituency, Fiji)

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Rotuma Communal is a former electoral division of Fiji, the sole communal constituency reserved for citizens of Rotuman descent. Established by the 1997 Constitution, it came into being in 1999 and was used for the parliamentary elections of 1999, 2001, and 2006. Its boundaries encompassed the entire nation; Rotuman-descendants anywhere in Fiji were eligible to vote for, and be a candidate for, this constituency. (Of the remaining 70 seats, 45 were reserved for other ethnic communities and 25, called Open Constituencies, were elected by universal suffrage).

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 %
Marieta Rigamoto Independent 2,012 50.38
Kafoa Ieli Pene Lio on Famor Rotuma (LFR) 1,982 49.62
Total 3,994 100.00

2001[edit]

Candidate Political party Votes %
Marieta Rigamoto Independent 1,959 52.07
Riamkau Tiu Livino Lio on Famor Rotuma (LFR) 1,803 47.93
Total 3,762 100.00

2006[edit]

Candidate Political party Votes
(primary)
% Votes
(final)
%
Jioji (George) Konousi Konrote Independent 1,983 44.71 2,508 56.55
Victor Fatiaki Independent 1,149 22.37 1,361 30.69
Mua Ieli Taukave United Peoples Party (UPP) 532 37.53 566 12.76
Sosefo Kafoa Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) 526 11.86 ... ...
Sosefo Sikuri Inoke National Alliance Party (NAPF) 245 5.52 ... ...
Total 4,435 100.00 4,435 100.00

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