Legislative Assembly

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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.


Election date(s)
18 Nov 2021
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature
16 Sep 2021
Timing of election
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections
30 Nov 2025
Number of seats at stake
Scope of elections
Full renewal


About the election

At the 2021 polls, 12 new members were elected to the Legislative Assembly, which currently comprises 27 members (see note). No women were elected, down from two at the previous elections held in 2017. Although there are no political parties in Tonga, some candidates ran under the banner of two political groups in 2021: the Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands (PTOA) and the Tonga People's Party (TPP). Three members were elected under PTOA tickets, while one of its leaders, Mr. Siaosi Pohiva – the son of the late Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva – lost the seat that his father had held for more than three decades. Prime Minister Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa was elected under the TPP banner.

On 15 December, the newly elected Legislative Assembly held its first session and elected the former Deputy Prime Minister, Siaosi Sovaleni (independent), as the new Prime Minister. He defeated Mr. 'Aisake Eke (independent) who was backed in turn by the outgoing Prime Minister, Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa.


The elections were held for 17 directly elected seats (people) and 9 indirectly elected seats (nobles). Nine of the 17 commoners and 3 of the 9 nobles were newly elected to the Legislative Assembly.

In addition, all members of the Cabinet (which may include no more than four people who are not elected to the Legislative Assembly) sit in the Legislative Assembly. The new Cabinet, formed on 29 December 2021, included one (woman) non-elected member, thereby increasing the total number of members in the Legislative Assembly to 27.

Alternation of power after elections
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
Number of women elected


- The Legislative Assembly is composed of representatives of the nobles (currently 9), representatives of the people (currently 17) and all members of the Cabinet. The Cabinet may include no more than four people who are not elected to the Legislative Assembly.

- No women were elected at the elections in November 2021.

- The Cabinet formed in December 2021 included one non-elected person, Mrs. Fekitamoeloa 'Utoikamanu, as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism. There was thus one woman among the 27-member Legislative Assembly.

Percentage of women elected
Women Directly Elected
Women Indirectly Elected
Women in other categories
Other notes on the elections

Note on the first Speaker of the new legislature:

On 20 November 2021, King Tupou VI appointed Lord Tangi as the interim Speaker. Lord Tangi has been tasked with leading the constitutional process to elect the Prime Minister Designate, who himself will be officially elected by the Legislative Assembly. The Speaker of the outgoing legislature Lord Fakafanua was re-elected as the Speaker when the new legislature convened on 15 December.


New legislature

Total number of men after the election
Total number of women after the election
Percentage of women after the election
First-term parliamentarians
No information available
Percentage of first-term parliamentarians
No information available
Date of the first session
15 Dec 2021

First Speaker of the new legislature

Personal details for the first Speaker of the new legislature
Lord Fakafanua (Male)
Date of birth: 20 Mar 1985
Date of election
15 Dec 2021

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
List of values for 2020-09
List of values for 2019-04
List of values for 2018-06