2019 Marshallese general election

General elections were held in the Marshall Islands on 18 November 2019.[1] Opponents of President Hilda Heine won a majority of seats.[2]


The 2015 elections saw a significant defeat for the government of incumbent President Christopher Loeak, with five cabinet ministers losing their seats.[3] Following the elections, Casten Nemra was elected as President on 4 January 2016 by a margin of one vote. However, he was removed from office two weeks later by a vote of no confidence ending 21–12 in favour of dismissing him. On 27 January 2016 Hilda Heine was elected the country's first female president.[4] She narrowly survived a vote of no confidence on 12 November 2018; the vote was tied at 16–16 as one member of the Legislature was abroad for medical treatment.[5]

Electoral system

The 33 members of the Legislature were elected in 19 single-member constituencies and five multi-member constituencies of between two and five seats in which voters had as many votes as there are seats.[6]


Constituency Candidate Votes Notes
Ailinglaplap Christopher Loeak 702 Re-elected
Alfred Alfred, Jr 516 Re-elected
Isaac Zackhras 249
Arno Jiba Kabua 512 Elected
Mike Halferty 418 Re-elected
Arthur Jetton 375
Jejwarick Anton 343 Unseated
Ailuk Maynard Alfred 188 Re-elected
Hackney Takju 121
Aur Hilda Heine 292 Re-elected
Justin Lani 196
Ebon John Silk 276 Re-elected
Neamon Neamon 128
Enewetak Jack Ading 282 Re-elected
Yoster John 60
Jabat Kessai Note Re-elected unopposed
Jaluit Casten Nemra 580 Re-elected
Jemi Nashion 446 Elected
Daisy Alik-Momotaro 387 Unseated
Kili/Bikini/Ejit Peterson Jibas 284 Elected
Eldon Note 204 Unseated
Kwajalein Michael Kabua 1,217 Re-elected
Kitlang Kabua 931 Elected
David Paul 817 Re-elected
Alvin Jacklick 671 Unseated
Lae Thomas Heine Re-elected unopposed
Lib Joe Bejang 321 Elected
Whitney Loeak 44
Likiep Donald Capelle 318 Elected
Tommy Kijiner, Jr. 238
Majuro Tony Muller 1,607 Re-elected
Stephen Phillip 1,459 Elected
Sandy Alfred 1,382 Elected
Kalani Kaneko 1,379 Re-elected
Brenson Wase 1,268 Re-elected
David Kramer 1,242 Unseated
Yolanda Lodge-Ned 1,225
Maloelap Bruce Bilimon 304 Re-elected
Michael Konelios 172
Mejit Dennis Momotaro 287 Re-elected
Helkena Anni 172
Mili Wilbur Heine 400 Re-elected
Joniton Lometo 200
Namdrik Wisely Zackhras 258 Re-elected
Hebel Luther 155
Namu Tony Aiseia 358 Re-elected
Ace Doulatram 326
Rongelap Kenneth Kedi 339 Re-elected
Hilton Tonton Kendall 287
Ujae Atbi Riklon 190 Re-elected
Waylon Muller 96
Utrok Hiroshi Yamamura 303 Elected
Amenta Matthew 257 Unseated
Wotho David Kabua 120 Re-elected
Samantha Samson 30
Wotje Ota Kisino 294 Elected
John Kaiko 200
Source: Info Marshall Islands

Hilda Heine and Kitlang Kabua were the only two women elected, with Kabua becoming the youngest member ever of the legislature at age 28.[7]


  1. ^ Current Elections Pacific Women in Politics
  2. ^ Marshalls' Opposition poised to win election Radio New Zealand, 25 November 2019
  3. ^ Big upset in Marshall Islands election Radio New Zealand, 5 December 2015
  4. ^ Heine Election Ends Weeks Of Political Turmoil In RMI Archived 2016-02-04 at the Wayback Machine Pacific Islands Report, 29 January 2016
  5. ^ Marshall Islands president narrowly survives no confidence vote Radio New Zealand, 12 November 2018
  6. ^ Electoral system IPU
  7. ^ Johnson, Giff (20 January 2020). "Marshalls' President Kabua's inauguration set for Monday". Radio New Zealand. Archived from the original on 18 October 2020.

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