Sept. 22, 2017 Held



Election for Staten (Aruban Legislature)

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Aruba: Aruban Legislature (Staten), September 22, 2017

At stake in this election:

  • 21 seats in the Legislature (Staten)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: King WILLEM-ALEXANDER of the Netherlands (since 30 April 2013)
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Michiel Godfried EMAN (since 30 October 2009)
  • Assembly: Unicameral Legislature (Staten) with 21 seats

Description of electoral system:

  • The monarchy is hereditary.
  • A Governor General is appointed by the monarch for a 6-year term.
  • The Legislature (Staten) indirectly elects the Prime Minister for a 4-year term.
  • The 21 members of the Legislature (Staten) are directly elected to 4-year terms through a proportional representation vote.

Last Election:

  • The previous election of the Aruban Legislature was held on September 27, 2013. The Aruban People’s Party obtained a majority and EMAN was reelected Prime Minister.

Main candidates in the election:

  • Aruban People’s Party / Arubaanse Volkspartij
    • Leader: Mike EMAN
    • Seats won in last election: 13
  • People's Electoral Movement Party / Movimiento Electoral di Pueblo
    • Leader: Evelyn WEVER-CROES
    • Seats won in last election: 7
  • Real Democracy Party / Partido Democracia Real
    • Leader: Andin BIKKER
    • Seats won in last election: 1

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 113,648 (2016)
  • Registered Voters: 70,749 (2017)

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 59,815
  • Is Aruba a signatory to CEDAW: N/A
  • Has Aruba ratified CEDAW: N/A
  • Gender Quota: No
  • Female candidates in this election: Yes
  • Human Development Index Position: N/A
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

  • Is Aruba a signatory to CRPD: No
  • Has Aruba ratified CRPD: No
  • Population with a disability: 16,824