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Fale Alea (Legislative Assembly)

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GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PARLIAMENTARY CHAMBER

Parliament name (generic / translated) Fale Alea / Legislative Assembly
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Structure of parliament Unicameral
Affiliation to the IPU Yes
Affiliation date(s) 2014 -
LEADERSHIP
President Lord Fakafanua (M) 
Notes Elected on 19 July 2012.
Secretary General Gloria L Guttenbeil-Pole'o  (F) 
Notes Appointed on 28 Jan. 2013.
COMPOSITION
Members (statutory / current number) 28 / 26
PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN


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Women (current number) 0 (0.00%)
Mode of designation directly elected 17
indirectly elected 9
other 2
Notes Indirectly elected members: nine nobles
Other: 2 ex officio members*
Two Cabinet members who are not elected to the Legislative Assembly. In addition, seven parliamentarians are members of the Cabinet.
Term 4 years
Last renewal dates 27 November 2014
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CONTACT INFORMATION
Address Legislative Assembly
P.O. Box 901
NUKU'ALOFA, Tongatapu Island
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Phone (676) 23 565
24 455
Fax (676) 24 626
E-mail gloria_guttenbeil@yahoo.co.uk
Website
http://www.parliament.gov.to/

ELECTORAL SYSTEM

Parliament name (generic / translated) Fale Alea / Legislative Assembly
Structure of parliament Unicameral
LEGAL FRAMEWORK
Electoral law 6 May 2010
Mode of designation directly elected 17
indirectly elected 9
other 2
Constituencies 27 single-member constituencies: 10 in Tongatapu, three in Vava'u and two in Ha'apai and one each in 'Eua and Niuatoputapu/Niuafo'ou.
Voting system Majority: Single member plurality systems ("first past the post").
Candidates with the highest number of votes are declared elected.
Vacancies arising in seats held by representatives of nobles or the commoners are filled through by elections.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - age: 21 years
- Tonga citizenship
- Registration on the electoral roll
- disqualifications: insanity, nobles, persons under summons for debt
CANDIDATES
Eligibility Qualified electors
- age: 21 years
- Tonga citizenship
- ineligibility: civil servants, persons with unpaid debts under court order
Incompatibilities - all offices of emolument under the Crown except those of Minister and Governor
Candidacy requirements Candidatures submitted by individuals
For directly elected members:
- supported by 50 qualified electors of the district concerned
- registration fee of $T 400 (US$ 200)

LAST ELECTIONS

Parliament name (generic / translated) Fale Alea / Legislative Assembly
Structure of parliament Unicameral
BACKGROUND
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 27 November 2014
Timing and scope of renewal Elections were held for all directly elected seats in the Legislative Assembly on the normal expiry of the members' term of office.
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STATISTICS
Voter turnout
Distribution of votes
Distribution of seats
Distribution of seats according to sex
Men

Women

Percent of women
26

0

0.00%
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Comments
Source: Legislative Assembly (03.12.2014)

This page was last updated on 4 December 2014
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