Marshall Islands

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.
20.11.2023
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.
15.11.2027
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.
33
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
55,167
Votes Number of people who actually voted
17,998
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
32.62%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of 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 The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
12.12%
Other notes
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
Women Directly Elected
4

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.
29
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.
4
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.
02.01.2024
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.
Brenson S. Wase (Male)
Date of election
02.01.2024