Attached is the Electoral Commission’s latest newsletter edition. Inside this issue, we mainly outlined the work that the Commission had done monthly- public awareness about general voting information and activities currently being undertaken by the office leading up to the next general election 2019. Click the url link for more details : Nauru Electoral Commission Newsletter April – June 2017 2nd Edition.
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There is an urgent need for capacity building of the Commission to ensure it is well prepared to conduct the next general election in 2019 and near future.The training and advice provided by PIANZEA and our regional and international partners will go a long way to achieve these expectations. The following link: Nauru Electoral Commission Staff Training Programme consists of the basic training details which will be required for the Commission’s capacity building.
The success of any election depends on the support of leaders and stakeholders and a good communication strategy needs to be in place foremost to ensure the public is aware of any electoral development as provided to them by the Commission. This Communication Plan serves as a guideline for the Electoral Commission to consider using the available resources at its disposal to increase awareness of our democratic electoral systems. Please see attached link: Electoral Commission Communication Plan 2017 for further details.
What is Preferential Counting?
A system of voting whereby the voter indicates his/her order of preference for each of the candidates listed on the ballot for a specified office so that if no candidate receives a majority of first preferences the first and second preferences and if necessary third and other preference may be counted together until one candidate obtains an absolute majority.
Nauru By-Election History
This method of counting has been practiced over many years since Nauru became self-governed in 1968. There has been over eight By-Elections all in which used the Preferential Counting System. This method of counting is used only when one person is to be elected.
How it works?
In order to win the election using the preferential counting system, the elected candidate must obtain more than half of the total votes casted. This is known as an absolute majority.
On a ballot paper, placing a number one against a candidate is considered the first preference or primary vote. If no candidate secures an absolute majority of primary votes, the candidate with the fewest votes is then eliminated from the count.
Votes for this eliminated candidate are then redistributed among the remaining candidates according to the number two preference indicated on the original ballot.
This process of elimination based on preferences continues until a candidate secures an absolute majority and is then declared elected.
How is it different from the general elections?
Dowdall system commonly known as the Borda Counting is what we use during the General Elections to elect members of our parliament. It is a method of counting in which values of each point allocated to candidates according to voters preference is weighted (1 – whole point, 2 – half a point, and so on) however for the Preferential Counting each 1st preference is counted as 1 (whole number) and is used to elect one member only.
Questions or Enquiries?
The Office of the Electoral Commission is committed to ensuring that we lead free, fair & credible elections with integrity and full transparency. We are open from Mon – Fri 9am till 5pm or call 557-3903. Please come in and see us should you have any questions or send us an email at email@example.com and we will be happy to help you.