Marshall Islands

Parliament

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)
20 Nov 2023
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature
No information available
Timing of election
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections
15 Nov 2027
Number of seats at stake
33
Scope of elections
Full renewal

Voter turnout

Registered voters
55,167
Voters
17,998
Voter turnout
32.6%

Results

About the election

The 2023 general election resulted in a high turnover of MPs: 40% of the 33-member parliament changed hands. Prominent members of the outgoing legislature lost their seats, including several Cabinet ministers and the outgoing Speaker, Kenneth Kedi. Only 33% of some 55,000 registered voters turned out to vote (see note). Four women were elected (up from two in 2019).

On 2 January 2024, the newly elected parliament elected a seasoned MP, Mr. Brenson S. Wase (serving in parliament since 1984), as its new Speaker. Parliament also elected Ms. Hilda Heine as the new President of the Republic, replacing the outgoing President, David Kabua. Ms. Heine thereby became the first woman in the Marshall Islands to assume the presidency.

Note:

Nearly half the Marshall Islands population resides in the United States. The election commission reportedly sent out many of the absentee ballots to voters abroad less than one week before the deadline of 4 December. Some 1,400 of 3,700 postal ballots were returned before the deadline.

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
29
Number of women elected
4
Percentage of women elected
12.1%
Women Directly Elected
4
Other notes on the elections

Note on the expected date of next elections:

A general election is held on the third Monday in November every four years.

Note on the date of the first session of the new parliament:

The first session is normally held on the first Monday of January following the election. Since that fell on 1 January 2024, which is a public holiday, the first session was exceptionally held on 2 January.

Sources

Parliament (14.12.2023, 05.01.2024)

https://www.facebook.com/rmielectoral

https://rmiparliament.org/

https://www.rnz.co.nz

marshallislandsjournal.com

New legislature

Total number of men after the election
29
Total number of women after the election
4
Percentage of women after the election
12.1%
First-term parliamentarians
No information available
Percentage of first-term parliamentarians
No information available
Date of the first session
02 Jan 2024

First Speaker of the new legislature

Personal details for the first Speaker of the new legislature
Brenson S. Wase (Male)
Date of election
02 Jan 2024

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