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Parliament

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.
14.11.2018
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
30.09.2018
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.
30.11.2022
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.
51
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full 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".
235
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
179
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
56
The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
No
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
23.83%
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
6

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
637,527
Votes Number of people who actually voted
458,532
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
71.92%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s FijiFirst party won the elections but reduced its share of seats from 32 to 27 in the 51-member Parliament (see note). The Social Democratic Liberal Party (Soldelpa), now led by former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka, increased its share from 15 to 21 seats. Ten women were elected, up from eight in 2014. Outgoing Speaker Ms. Jiko Luveni (who herself is not an MP) was re-elected Speaker of the new legislature. During the election campaign, FijiFirst ran on its record in government: economic growth, low unemployment and free education. The Soldelpa leader Mr. Rabuka promised to strengthen industry, trade and good governance. He also promised to re-establish the Great Council of Chiefs, disbanded in March 2012. Note: The statutory number of seats in Parliament has increased from 50 to 51 to take account of an increase in the population.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
3
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
50%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
52.94%
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
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
FijiFirst
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
FijiFirst 27
Social Democratic Liberal Party (Soldelpa) 21
National Federation Party (NFP) 3
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
41
Number of women elected
10
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.
19.61%
Sources
Parliament (26.11.2018) https://www.feo.org.fj The Fiji Times Asia Pacific Report (asiapacificreport.nz) https://fijifirst.com
Women Directly Elected
10

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.
41
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.
10
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.
26.11.2018
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.
Jiko Luveni (Female)
Date of election
26.11.2018