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Micronesia (Federated States of)

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Congress

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
07.03.2017
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
02.03.2021
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
10
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Partial renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
22
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
20
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
2
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
9.09%
Notes
There are no political parties.

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
117,977
Votes Number of people who actually voted
39,067
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
33.11%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The 2017 mid-term elections resulted in a similar composition of the 14-member Congress. Outgoing members took eight of the 10 seats up for renewal in 2017. No women were elected, as in the previous elections. However, there were two female candidates in 2017, unlike the 2015 elections where there were none. In absence of political parties, all candidates stand as independents in Micronesia and campaigning usually focuses on local issues. National issues in 2017 included the constitutional referendum on dual citizenship, which was held in parallel with the parliamentary elections (see note 1), and the Compact of Free Association (COFA) with the United States of America, on which a parliamentary resolution was introduced in December 2015 (see note 2). Note 1: The constitutional amendment was intended to permit Micronesians to hold dual citizenship. However the proposal failed to secure the required threshold, of three-quarters of votes cast in three of the country's four states. Note 2: Since independence in 1986, Micronesia has been in free association with the United States of America based on COFA, whereby the United States funds the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) through an annual subsidy. In December 2015, the FSM Congress introduced a resolution signifying the intent to end the COFA in 2018. However, the resolution had not been adopted by the FSM Congress at the time of the 2017 elections.
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
10
Number of women elected
0
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
0%
Sources
Congress (18.03.2017) National Election Office Office of the President The fourth Branch Mariana Variety
Women Directly Elected
0

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
14
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
0
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
11.05.2017
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Wesley W. Simina (Male)
Date of election
11.05.2017