Micronesia (Federated States of)

Congress

Political system
Presidential system
Structure of parliament
Unicameral
IPU membership
Yes

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)
07 Mar 2023
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature
No information available
Timing of election
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections
04 Mar 2025
Number of seats at stake
14
Scope of elections
Full renewal

Candidates

Number of parties contesting the election
Not applicable
Not applicable. There is no party system or candidates stood as independents.
Yes
Total number of candidates
29
Number of male candidates
26
Number of female candidates
3
Percentage of women candidates
10.3%

Results

About the election

As there are no political parties in Micronesia, all candidates to the 14-member Congress stand as independents. Twelve outgoing members were re-elected. They include the outgoing Speaker Wesley W. Simina, former Speaker Isaac Figir as well as former President Peter Christian. A record two women were elected (see note). Shortly after the election, the incumbent President David Panuelo, who lost his seat in the Congress, suggested severing diplomatic ties with China in favour of Taiwan. The outgoing legislature subsequently reaffirmed the country’s diplomatic ties with China.

On 11 May, the newly elected Congress held its first session and elected Mr. Esmond B. Moses as its new Speaker. It then elected the outgoing Speaker, Mr. Wesley W. Simina, as the new President of the Republic.

Note:

No women were elected in the previous elections held in March 2021. In November 2021, Ms. Perpetua S. Konman won the by-election to fill the seat vacated by her late husband, thereby becoming the first-ever woman to be elected in the history of the FSM Congress. She was re-elected in 2023 along with another woman candidate.

Number of parties in government
Not applicable
Members elected, by sex
Women Directly Elected
2
Other notes on the elections

Note on the expected date of next elections:

All general elections for the Congress are held biennially in each odd-numbered year on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in March.

Sources

New legislature

Total number of men after the election
12
Total number of women after the election
2
Percentage of women after the election
14.3%
First-term parliamentarians
2
Percentage of first-term parliamentarians
14.3%
Date of the first session
11 May 2023

First Speaker of the new legislature

Personal details for the first Speaker of the new legislature
Esmond B. Moses (Male)
Date of birth: 1974
Date of election
11 May 2023

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No