Monthly Archive: June 2016

Dowdell Borda Counting Method

Many questions have been asked about how the ballot papers will be counted on polling night.

The ballot papers will be hand sorted.

First they will be sorted to first preferences.

For example, the candidates below have received the following 1st preferences.

DAVID 100
JOHN 200
JULIE 300
SAMUEL 400
MARK 500
ANNE 600

 

The counting team will then take the 200 ballot papers of John’s and look to see what preference numbers were given to David. After sorting there were twenty 2nd preferences for David and thirty 3rd preferences and forty 4th preferences etc.

2nd Pref 3rd Pref 4th Pref 5th Pref 6th Pref
20 30 40 50 60

 

Then the counting team will take all the 300 ballot papers of Julie’s to see what preference numbers were given to David.

2nd Pref 3rd Pref 4th Pref 5th Pref 6th Pref
40 50 60 70 80

 

And so on until all preferences for David have been tallied.

Once all of the preferences have been tallied they are divided by that preference.

Eg – The 40 second preferences are divided by 2 which equals 20 points

The 50 third preferences are divided by 3 which equals 16.666 points

These points are added to the candidate’s first preferences to give the total number of points for the election.   The candidates with the most points are successful, depending on how many vacancies there are in that constituency.

The counting team will then move to the next candidate – John and find all the 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc preferences for John.

The preferences for each candidate is processed in this manner until the final result is known.

Releasing partial results is not possible as it will always show the candidates that have been tallied as winning.   The whole count must be completed before results are released.

The results will be recorded on paper before they are entered into the computer.

After the election, the Electoral Commission will release all counting sheets for examination.

A sample excel counting sheet has been provided so that voters and candidates can examine the method and inspect the formulas within the sheet.

The Electoral Commission hopes that this will assist voters in understanding and trusting the process with this greater transparency of the counting process. Dowdell Borda Counting Method for internet spreadsheet

Nominations Have Closed

And the Withdrawal of Nomination period has commenced!

The Electoral Commission has accepted all nominations that were submitted prior to the close of nominations.

Section 62 of the Electoral Act 2016 requires the Electoral Commissioner to publish the names of the candidates’ names only after the close of the Withdrawal Period.

The Withdrawal Period closes at noon on Friday 1 July 2016.

The names will be gazetted and will be displayed on the District public noticeboards and outside the Electoral Commission Office immediately after the Withdrawal Period closes.

The draw for ballot paper position will be held on Saturday 2 July at noon at Parliament House.

 

Proxy Voting Applications

Proxy Voting Applications can now be submitted to the Electoral Commission.

Proxy Voting is for voters who currently reside overseas or who know they will be overseas on polling day.

Proxy Voters who are leaving to go overseas need to attach their travel itinerary showing that they are absent from Nauru on polling day 9 July 2016.

Download the form and complete all three pages as far as possible.

If you can, get your proxy to sign page three before submitting the application.

If you can’t get your proxy to sign page three – because you are overseas and they are here in Nauru, then please let your proxy know that you have submitted the form so that they can come to the office and sign it.

Please try to include your Proxy’s phone number on page 3 too – so we can ring them if they have forgotten to come in.

You can download the form here – or in the case of voters who are expecting to be away, then please feel free to come in and collect or complete the form in our office.

Form 1 Application for Proxy Voting

Applications close at 9am on Friday 8 July, so please don’t delay in getting your proxy application in.

If you need to mobile vote instead – please use the link below.

http://election.com.nr/mobile-voting/

 

Sale of the Electoral Roll

The Electoral Roll has been delayed in production due to the public holiday and final checking of registrations and transfers.

The Roll will be on sale on Wednesday 22 June at the Electoral Commission Office.

$20 x1 District Roll

$50 for the national roll.

Transfer Fee Refund for Auto Enrolments – Now Available

The media release below details how to access your refund if you transferred but were auto enrolled.

The Electoral Act was recently changed to exempt voters from paying a fee if they were enrolled automatically on the electoral roll.

Some voters paid the fee prior to this law being changed and now qualify for a refund.

Please read the media release for more details – or visit the office in Civic Centre Aiwo for further details.

Media Release Auto Enrolment Refunds