Niue Constitution Act 1974

Part II
The Legislative Government of Niue

The Niue Assembly

16 Niue Assembly
  • (1) There shall be in and for Niue a legislative Assembly to be called the Niue Assembly.

    (2) The Niue Assembly shall consist of—

    • (a) The Speaker; and

    • (b) Twenty members to be elected by secret ballot under a system of universal suffrage in the following manner:

      • (i) Fourteen members, each of whom shall represent a village constituency, shall be elected by the electors of that constituency:

      • (ii) Six members shall be elected by the persons qualified to be electors of Niue voting on a common roll, which, for the purpose of electing those members, shall comprise the rolls of the several village constituencies.

    (3) Subject to this Article and to Articles 17, 18, 19, 24, and 25 of this Constitution, the boundaries of village constituencies, the qualifications and disqualification of electors and of candidates, the mode of electing members of the Niue Assembly, and the terms and conditions of their membership shall be as prescribed by law:

    Provided that—

    • (a) There shall be 14 village constituencies; and

    • (b) Every person qualified to be an elector for the election of members of the Niue Assembly shall be entitled to vote in one, and one only, village constituency; and

    • (c) Any determination or redetermination of the boundaries of any village constituency shall, so far as practicable, having due regard to local community interest, be made in accordance with the principle that the number of electors in that village constituency should not be substantially greater or smaller than the number of electors in any other village constituency.

    (4) Unless the context otherwise requires, every reference in this Constitution to a member of the Niue Assembly shall be construed as a reference to a member elected pursuant to subclause (2)(b) of this Article, and shall, in any case where the Assembly has been dissolved, be read as a reference to a person who was a member of the Assembly immediately before that dissolution.