Niue is a small island state with a population of approximately 1200 people. The national legislature has 20 Members of Parliament. The electoral system is a hybrid - with a first-past-the-post system in 14 village constituencies and a Block Vote for 6 common roll, island-wide seats. Elections are held every three years.
The 2008 national elections were very encouraging for women candidates. Four women were elected from the island-wide constituency, including two new women members. However, in 2011, this number was reduced, with three women elected.
Hon. Taulelehemaama Salilo Tongia
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