Republic of Palau: Senate, 1 November 2016
At stake in this election:
- 13 seats in the Senate
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: President Tommy REMENGESAU (since 17 January 2013)
- Head of Government: President Tommy REMENGESAU (since 17 January 2013)
- Assembly: Palau has a bicameral Olbiil Era Kelulau (National Congress) composed of the Senate, which currently has 13 seats, and the House of Delegates with 16 seats.
Description of electoral system:
- Members of the Senate are directly elected in single-seat constituencies by majority vote to serve 4-year terms.
- Elections for the Senate were last held on 6 November 2012. There are no political parties in Palau and all candidates stand as independents.
Note: There are 24 candidates contesting the 2016 elections for Senate.
Population and number of registered voters:
· Population: 21,265 (July 2015 est.)
· Registered Voters: 15,890 (2016)
· Female Population: 10,144 (July 2015 est.)
· Is Palau a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (20 September 2011)
· Has Palau ratified CEDAW: No
· Gender Quota: No
· Female candidates in this election: Yes
· Number of Female Parliamentarians: 0 (House of Delegates); 3 (Senate)
· Human Development Index Position: 60
· Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A
· Is Palau a signatory to CRPD: Yes (20 September 2011)
· Has Palau ratified CRPD: Yes (11 June 2013)
· Population with a disability: 4,711 (est.)
 The number of members of the Senate is not explicitly stated in the Constitution. Every eight years, a reappointment commission recommends a plan to allocate seats according to the population. There are currently 13 seats in the Senate.