Elections in Nauru

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Nauru elects on a national level a head of state (the president) and a legislature. Parliament has 18 members, elected for a three year term in multi-seat constituencies. The president is elected for a three year term by the parliament.

However, there are frequent changes of government in Nauru which occur without an election; most recently, in December 2007, that of President of Nauru Marcus Stephen came to office following a Parliamentary vote of no confidence which overturned the preceding Administration of Ludwig Scotty, reelected just a few weeks previously with a landslide majority.

Voting system[edit]

The 18 seat members of the Parliament of Nauru are elected through the Dowdall System, a decimalised modification of a preferential Borda count. The voter must rank all candidates in order of preference (see preferential voting). Each vote is then counted using the formula 1/n, according to ranking order. For example a candidate ranked first receives one point, the second candidate receives half a point, the third candidate receives a third of a point, and so on. Each legal vote is aggregated in order to determine a decimal score for each candidate.[1] For example in the Nauruan parliamentary election, June 2010 the then president Marcus Stephen regained his Anetan Constituency seat after receiving 349.617 decimal votes from a total of 630 votes.[2]

Latest elections[edit]

e • d Summary of the 8 June 2013 Parliament of Nauru election results
Seats Change
supporters of the Government 14 Increase4
opponents of the Government 5 Decrease3
Total 19 Increase1

Past elections[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nauru". Electionguide.org. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Results of the General Election held on 19th June 2010". http://www.naurugov.nr/parliament/index.html. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 

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