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|
|Betio (BTC)||3||Meaua Namane Betiota|
|Abemama||2||Bonoue Kaiteie Tabaka|
|Nikunau||2||Rakeiti Ueantabo Machenzie|
|Kiritimati (Xmas Is)||3||Tekua 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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