Nauruan parliamentary election, 2013

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Nauruan parliamentary election, 2013
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All 19 seats of Parliament
10 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
Leader Baron Waqa Roland Kun
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
Leader since 2013 2013
Leader's seat Boe Constituency Buada Constituency
Last election 8 9
Seats before 10 8
Seats won 14 5
Seat change Increase 4 Decrease 3

President before election

Sprent Dabwido

Elected President

Baron Waqa

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Parliamentary elections were held in Nauru on 8 June 2013.[1] After Parliament was dissolved on 1 March,[2] the elections were set for 6 April.[3] However, a Supreme Court ruling annulled the dissolution and cancelled the elections.[4] Parliament was dissolved again on 23 May, approximately one month before the normal end of its mandate, and elections were set for 22 June 2013,[5] however President Sprent Dabwido declared a state of emergency and brought the election forward to 8 June.[1] Parliament first sat on June 11 and Fisheries Minister Baron Waqa, the leader of the government forces, was elected president.[6]


In February 2013 a constitutional crisis developed after two cabinet members resigned and a third was sacked by President Sprent Dabwido, leaving just two members in the cabinet, whilst the 18-member Parliament split into three factions.[7] On 1 March Parliamentary Speaker Ludwig Scotty dissolved Parliament due to unruly behaviour by MPs,[8] and elections were set for 6 April.

Former President Marcus Stephen, who was one of the cabinet members to leave in February threatened to bring a legal challenge against the dissolution, claiming it had been carried out in an unconstitutional manner as MPs had not been given the chance to challenge the dissolution.[9] When Stephens and seven other MPs did take the matter to the Supreme Court, it ruled that the adjournment had been carried out unconstitutionally.[10] However, a government spokesman claimed that the Court had no power to force Scotty to reconvene Parliament.[11]

In mid-March the Supreme Court ruled that as the dissolution was null and void, the writ issued for elections in April was also null and void.[4]

Speaker Scotty resigned on 18 April and was replaced by Godfrey Thoma on 25 April. Thoma announced on 16 May that Parliament would be dissolved a week from that date.[12] Speaker Thoma dissolved Parliament on 23 May and set elections for 22 June.[5] On 27 May 2013 President Dabwido declared a state of emergency and re-set the election for 8 June 2013.[1]

Electoral system[edit]

MPs are elected in eight multi-members constituencies using the Dowdall system, a modified version of the Borda count. Voters rank candidates by preference, with the first preference given a score of 1, the second preference a score of ½, the third preference a score of ⅓ and so on. Voters must rank all candidates on the ballot for it to be valid. The candidates with the highest scores win the seats in a constituency.[13]

Until this election there had been 18 seats in Parliament with seven two-seat constituencies and one four-seat constituency, but following the June 2010 elections Parliament passed a bill to increase the number of seats to 19 to avoid 9–9 ties in the legislature.[14] The extra member will be elected in the Meneng Constituency, which previously had two seats.[15]

A record total of 68 candidates registered for the elections.[16]


Constituency Candidate Votes Notes
Aiwo Milton Dube 310.450 Elected
Aaron Cook 251.017 Elected
Dantes Tsitsi 228.433
Godfrey Thoma 205.800
Pamela Eibutsina Scriven 170.950
Lance Agir 136.567
Preston Thoma 134.633
Tazio Gideon 119.383
Invalid/blank votes 17
Total 682
Anabar Ludwig Scotty 255.300 Elected
Riddell Akua 242.500 Elected
Tyrone Deiye 208.700
Jaden Adun 204.367
Melissa Ika 165.117
Paul Nubwit Doguape 136.717
Invalid/blank votes 15
Total 510
Anetan Cyril Buraman 321.819 Elected
Marcus Stephen 299.493 Elected
Landon Deireragea 264.029
Aloysius Gonzaga Namaduk 185.562
Begg Adire 177.245
Haseldon Buraman 168.400
Paul Ika 164.095
Invalid/blank votes 20
Total 630
Boe Mathew Batsiua 279.619 Elected
Baron Waqa 224.467 Elected
Abraham Aremwa 194.350
Bryan Star 172.100
Lidira Ephraim 152.167
Kinza Clodumar 138.600
Invalid/blank votes 10
Total 484
Buada Roland Kun 235.308 Elected
Shadlog Bernicke 233.032 Elected
Bingham Agir 203.975
Sean Halstead 154.451
Vinson Franco Detenamo 153.155
Arrow Depaune 140.592
Ace Capelle 139.042
Ishmael Fritz 131.988
Invalid/blank votes 13
Total 525
Meneng Sprent Dabwido 374.758 Elected
Lyn-Wannan Kam 356.112 Elected
Squire Jeremiah 303.370 Elected
Lionel Aingimea 272.512
Rykers Solomon 253.298
Elvin Brechtefeld 237.266
Doneke Jim Kepae 228.710
Clint Deidenang 191.806
Sambruce Akibwib 188.619
Jerielyn Teleni 186.341
Nemo Levi Agadio 185.627
John Taumea Agadio 172.250
Nickos Simon 166.315
Invalid/blank votes 37
Total 941
Ubenide David Adeang 427.680 Elected
Valdon Dowiyogo 388.999 Elected
Russ J. Kun 373.357 Elected
Ranin Akua 357.949 Elected
Aloysius Amwano 309.684
Julian Itsimaera 309.271
Freddie Pitcher 282.819
Samuel Hansome Adumur 267.771
George Giovanni Gioura 252.633
Vyko Adeang 207.965
Renos Agege 194.381
Arde Ricky Bam 189.442
David Corey Dowiyogo 180.847
Darned Dongobir 172.084
Invalid/blank votes 61
Total 1,265
Yaren Charmaine Scotty 303.067 Elected
Kieren Keke 211.167 Elected
Dominic Tabuna 187.467
John Daigon Panen Julius 170.333
Omeri Agigo 142.667
Brian Amwano 131.900
Invalid/blank votes 6
Total 474
Total 5,511
Source: Government of Nauru