Tuvaluan general election, 1977

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General elections were held in Tuvalu on 27 August 1977.[1] As there were no political parties, all candidates ran as independents, with Toaripi Lauti remaining Chief Minister. Voter turnout was 78.8%.

House of the Assembly - Fale I Fono[edit]

During the time Tuvalu was a British dependency the parliament of Tuvalu was called the House of the Assembly or Fale I Fono. Following independence in October 1978 the House of the Assembly was renamed the Parliament of Tuvalu or Palamene o Tuvalu.[2]

As a consequence of the Ellice Islands self-determination referendum, 1974, separation occurred in two stages. The Tuvaluan Order 1975, which took effect on 1 October 1975, recognised Tuvalu as a separate British dependency with its own government. The second stage occurred on 1 January 1976 when separate administrations were created out of the civil service of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony.[3]

Elections to the House of Assembly of the British Colony of Tuvalu were held on 27 August 1977; with Toaripi Lauti being appointed as prime minister on 1 October 1977. Tomu Sione was re-elected to represent Niutao and Taui Finikaso was re-elected to represent Vaitupu. The new member elected from Nukulaelae was Henry Fati Naisali, the former Financial Secretary. Sione Tui Kleis was elected to represent Nui.[4]

The parliament was dissolved in July 1978 with the government of Toaripi Lauti continuing as a caretaker government.[2]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Independents 100 12
Invalid/blank votes - -
Total 2,256 100 12
Source: Nohlen et al.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D, Grotz, F & Hartmann, C (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume II, p829 ISBN 0-19-924959-8
  2. ^ a b "Palamene o Tuvalu (Parliament of Tuvalu)" (PDF). Inter-Parliamentary Union. 1981. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Tito Isala, Hugh Larcy (ed) (1983). "Chapter 20, Secession and Independence". Tuvalu: A History. University of the South Pacific/Government of Tuvalu. p. 169. 
  4. ^ Tito Isala, Hugh Larcy (ed) (1983). "Chapter 20, Secession and Independence". Tuvalu: A History. University of the South Pacific/Government of Tuvalu. pp. 169–173.