May 6, 2017 Held



Election for Niue Fono Ekepule (Niuean Assembly)

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Niue: Assembly, 6 May 2017

At stake in this election:

  • 20 seats in the Assembly

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor General of New Zealand Dame Patsy REDDY (since 28 September 2016)
  • Head of Government: Premier Toke TALAGI (since 18 June 2008)
  • Assembly: Niue has a unicameral Niue Assembly (Niue Fono Ekepule) with 20 seats, 14 of which are elected by village constituencies and 6 nationally. The Assembly elects the Premier.

Description of electoral system:

  • The Queen is hereditary head of state.
  • Premier is elected by the Assembly to serve a 3-year term.
  • In the Niue Assembly (Niue Fono Ekepule), 6 members are elected by block vote on a common role to serve 3-year terms[1] and 14 members are elected by majority vote in single-member constituencies, representing the 14 villages of Niue, to serve 3-year terms.

Last Election:

  • The last election was held 12 April 2014. Independents were elected to all 20 seats. The Assembly voted to reelect Premier Toke TALAGI in a vote of 12-8.

Main candidates in the election:

  • Independents[2]

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 1,190 (July 2014)
  • Registered Voters: 

Gender Data:

  • Female Population:
  • Is Niue a signatory to CEDAW: No
  • Has Niue ratified CEDAW: Yes (10 January 1985)[3]
  • Gender Quota: None
  • Female candidates in this election: unknown
  • Number of Female Parliamentarians: 2
  • Human Development Index Position: none
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: none

Disability Data:

  •  Is Niue a signatory to CRPD: No
  • Has Niue ratified CRPD: No
  • Population with a disability: 178[4]


[1] Voters have 6 votes to use in voting for common role candidates.

[2] There are no political parties in Niue, thus all candidates run as independents

[3] New Zealand ratified the CEDAW on behalf of Niue.

[4] Calculated using the WHO estimate of 15%