Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands elects new Parliament today


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The Marshall Islands, a presidential republic in free association with the United States, is holding elections for its national parliament, local government posts and a number of other elected officials today.

The people of these Pacific islands will elect their 33 member Nitijeļā or legislature. There are 98 candidates standing for the 33 seats but there are no legal political parties and about 36,000 eligible voters. Polling stations will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and results should be known later this week. However, the Marshall Islands has a large diaspora, around 20% of the population and their votes will not be counted until two weeks after the election, so some things can end up changing.

Once the new parliament is elected they will then form an Electoral College to indirectly elect their president.

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