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A total of 133 candidates stood for the 2015 national elections held on 30th December 2015, with a breakdown of 18 women candidates and 115 male candidates. News reports noted that the number of registered women candidates for this elections more than doubled the number of women that stood during the 2011 elections (5 women candidates).

Women Candidate list for 2015 Election    
Electoral District No# of seats available  Candidate
Abaiang 3 Mrs Bwenaata Baukin
Tarawa ( TUC) 3 Maere Tekanene
    Maria Teretia Kaiboia
    Shiu Fung Ng Kam Ho
    Teramweai Itinraoi
Betio (BTC) 3 Meaua Namane Betiota
    Tangariki Reete
    Taua Eritai
Maiana 2 Miire Raieta
Aranuka 1 Rine Ueara
Abemama 2 Bonoue Kaiteie Tabaka
Nikunau 2 Rakeiti Ueantabo Machenzie
Arorae 1 Teima Onorio
Kiritimati (Xmas Is) 3 Tekua Tooma
    Tureta Baniera
    Anami Raiati
    Wiriki Tooma
Teraina 1 Rereao Tetaake Eria

 

(Source: Ms. Tuiai Tabai, UNDP Programme Analyst, Kiribati.)

After the first round of elections on 30 December 2015, 19 seats out of the 44 elected seats were secured. The second round was held on 7th January 2016 for the 25 seats where candidates failed to win an outright majority. Following the elections, 3 women were elected, namely Hon Teima Onorio, Hon Tangariki Reete, and Hon Shiu Fung Kamho. They join their 41 male counterparts as the new Members of Parliament of Kiribati.

 

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