ElectionGudie

May 8, 1999 Confirmed

450,000
Registered to Vote
Fiji

Republic of Fiji

Election for Fijian Senate

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 71 seats in the House of Representatives

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Ratu Sir Kamisese MARA
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Sitiveni RABUKA
  • Assembly: Fiji has a bicameral Parliament consisting of the Senate with 34 seats and the House of Representatives with 71 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by the Great Council of Chiefs to serve a 5-year term.
  • Prime Minister is appointed by the president.
  • In the Senate, 24 members are appointed by the president on the advice of the Great Council of Chiefs, 9 members are appointed by the president and 1 members are appointed by the council of Rotuma. In the House of Representatives 71 members are elected by a majority system with preferential vote to serve 5-year terms.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: Fiji Labour Party (FLP)
    Leader: Mahendra CHAUDHRY
    Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 37
    Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 7
  • Party: Fijian Association Party (FAP)
    Leader: Adi Kuini SPEED
    Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 10
    Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 5
  • Party: Soqosoqo ni Vakatulewa ni Taukei (SVT)
    Leader: Sitivini RABUKA
    Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 8
    Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 31
  • Party: Party of National Unity (PANU)****
    Leader: Apisai TORA
    Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 4
    Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 0
  • Party: Christian Democratic Party (VLV)
    Leader: Poseci BUNE
    Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 3
    Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 0
  • Party: United General Party (UGP)
    Leader: David PICKERING
    Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 2
    Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 0
  • Party: Nationalist Vanua Tako Lavo Party (NVTLP)
    Leader: Sakeasi BUTADROKA
    Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 2
    Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 1

**** PANU was formed after the last election.

Last Parliamentary election:

  • Parliamentary elections were last held on February 18-25, 1994.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 802,611 (July 1998 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 450,000 ( approx.)