Tuvaluan general election, 1977
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General elections were held in Tuvalu on 27 August 1977. 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
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.
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.
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.
|Source: Nohlen et al.|
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- 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.