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Maneaba Ni Maungatabu (House of Assembly)


Parliament name (generic / translated) Maneaba Ni Maungatabu / House of Assembly
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Structure of parliament Unicameral
Affiliation to the IPU No
Affiliation date(s)
President Tebuai Uaai (M) 
Notes Elected on 5 Dec. 2016.
Secretary General Eni Tekanene (M) 
Members (statutory / current number) 46 / 46

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Women (current number) 3 (6.52%)
Mode of designation directly elected 44
appointed 1
other 1
Notes Appointed members: appointed by the Banaban community, the vast majority of whom live on the island of Rabi in Fiji.
Other: the Attorney General is an ex officio member.
In case the Attorney General is an elected member, the statutory number will be 45.
The Speaker is designated from outside Parliament.
Term 4 years
Last renewal dates 30 December 2015
7 January 2016 (View details)
Address House of Assembly
P.O.Box 52
(Export mailing lists)
Phone (686) 21 880
21 053
21 084
Fax (686) 21 278
E-mail clerk@parliament.gov.ki


Parliament name (generic / translated) Maneaba Ni Maungatabu / House of Assembly
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Electoral law 1 January 1900
Last updated on 07.06.2007
Mode of designation directly elected 44
appointed 1
other 1
Constituencies 23 single and multi-member electoral districts.
Voting system Majority: Direct elections. Majority vote (absolute and simple) in two rounds; second round contest among three best-placed candidates in each constituency.
In multi-member electoral districts, voters may cast votes for up to the full number of vacant seats available.
Vacancies arising between general elections are filled through by-elections within 3 months.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - age: 18 years
- Kiribati citizenship
- regular residence in electoral district (of vote)
- disqualifications: insanity, imprisonment of at least one year, electoral fraud
Eligibility Qualified electors
- age: 21 years
- Kiribati citizenship
- ineligibility: allegiance to foreign State, death sentence

Incompatibilities - election-related employment
- public office
- civil service
Candidacy requirements - support of three electors


Parliament name (generic / translated) Maneaba Ni Maungatabu / House of Assembly
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) (from/to)30 December 2015
7 January 2016
Timing and scope of renewal The elections saw 22 new parliamentarians elected to the 46-member parliament. Several ministers and veteran parliamentarians, including former President Teatao Teannaki, lost their seats. A record 18 women – up from 12 in 2011 – were candidates, however, only three were elected, compared to four in the previous parliament.

Parties are loose groupings in Kiribati and there were no official manifestos. During the election campaign, many candidates focused on climate change, and promised to work for more economic development and better employment.

The Speaker is elected among persons who are not members of Parliament. On 5 February 2016, the new House of Assembly held its first session and elected Mr. Teatao Teannaki as its Speaker. He is from the Tobwaan Kiribati Party (TKP), which was formed after a merger between the Karikirakean Te I-Kiribati Party and the Maurin Kiribati Party.

The House of Assembly also selected three presidential candidates from among its members: Mr. Taaneti Mamau (TKP), Mr. Rimeta Beniamina (Boutokan teKoaua Party, BTK) and Mr. Tianeti Ioane (BTK). Outgoing President Anote Tong of (BTK) was constitutionally barred from running for the presidency after serving the maximum three terms as President. On 9 March, Mr. Mamau (TKP) was elected as the new President.
Date of previous elections: 21 & 28 October 2011

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: 25 November 2015

Timing of election: Upon normal expiry*
*General elections are due within three months of the dissolution of parliament (i.e., by February 2016)

Expected date of next elections: December 2019

Number of seats at stake: 44 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: 133 (115 men, 18 women)

Percentage of women candidates: 13.5%

Number of parties contesting the election: 3

Number of parties winning seats: 3*
*The Karikirakean Te I-Kiribati Party and the Maurin Kiribati Party formed the Tobwaan Kiribati Party (TKP) after the elections.

Alternation of power: Yes

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 5 February 2016

Name of the new Speaker: Mr. Teatao Teannaki (Tobwaan Kiribati Party, TKP)
Voter turnout
Round no 1 (from/to)30 December 2015
7 January 2016
Number of registered electors
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes

Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political group Candidates Votes % of votes
Boutokaan te Koaua (Pillars of Truth)
Tobwaaan Kiribati Party (TKP)
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total of seats
Boutokaan te Koaua (Pillars of Truth) 26
Tobwaaan Kiribati Party (TKP) 19
Distribution of seats according to sex


Percent of women


Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Source: House of Assembly (11.01.2016, 26.02.2016)

The distribution of seats according to political group above refers to the composition of parliament on 5 February 2016. They include 44 directly elected members and one appointed member.

Note on the distribution of seats according to sex:
The statistics include one appointed member and one ex officio member (the Attorney General). Both are men.


Parliament name (generic / translated) Maneaba Ni Maungatabu / House of Assembly
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Title Speaker of the House of Assembly
Term - duration: 4 years (term of House)
- reasons for interruption of the term: resignation, death, dissolution
Appointment - elected by all the Members
- election is held at the first sitting of the newly elected Assembly or when a vacancy occurs
- after Members are sworn in
Eligibility - any qualified person who is not a Member of the House of Assembly
- candidatures must be submitted by a Member of the House of Assembly
- candidatures must be supported by another Member of the House of Assembly
Voting system - if three candidatures, or less, are submitted : a vote by secret ballot is held. A simple majority required
- if more than three candidatures are submitted : half of the candidates are elected in the first round, then further rounds are held until only two candidates are left ; the one who obtains a majority of the votes cast is then elected
Procedures / results - the Chief Justice presides over the House of Assembly during the voting
Status - in the absence of the Speaker, a private Member elected by the House of Assembly for that sitting, can assume his/her role and functions
Material facilities NA (no information received)
Organization of parliamentary business - convenes sessions
- organizes the debates and sets speaking time
- examines the admissibility of questions, petitions, bills and amendments
- examines the admissibility of request for setting up committees and/or committees of enquiry, proposes or decides on the setting up of such committees
Chairing of public sittings - can open and close sittings within the framework of the Standing Orders
- - can suspend sittings for short periods
- ensures respect for provisions of the Constitution and Standing Orders
- makes announcements concerning the House of Assembly
- takes disciplinary measures in the event of disturbance, and lifts such measures
- establishes the list of speakers, gives and withdraws permission to speak
- calls for a vote, decides how it is to be carried out, verifies the voting procedure and cancels a vote in the event of irregularities
- checks the quorum
Special powers - is responsible for safety, and in this capacity, can call the police in the event of disturbance in the House of Assembly
Speaking and voting rights, other functions NA (no information received)

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