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Preferential Counting System Insight

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.

By-Election Year Consituency
1992 Boe
1994 Ubenide
 1998 Buada
1998 Yaren
1998 Ubenide
1998 Meneng
1998 Boe
2002 Yaren
2017 Ubenide

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 and we will be happy to help you.



Job vacancy: Nauru Electoral Commission. Position – Administrative assistant. Closes 12 Jan 2017 before 5pm.

On behalf of the Nauru Electoral Commission


The Electoral Commission is looking for a competent and reliable Administrative Assistant to support the Office of the Electoral Commissioner.  The interested applicant must be willing to work extra hours and committed to the work and integrity of the Commission. Preferably, a mature and experienced individual with multitasking skills and team player who shows professionalism and responsibility.


Position: Administrative Assistant

Section: Office of the Electoral Commissioner

Job Type Classification: Contract


Job Description: Directly responsible to the Electoral Commissioner for the following:

  • Manage and schedule appointments including coordinating meetings, workshops, etc.
  • Prepare typing of correspondences, documents, reports, etc. for the Commissioner.
  • Support the Commission’s meetings including drafting minutes of meetings.
  • Arrange and communicate agendas and all correspondences
  • Ensure the safe and proper keeping of confidential electronic documents including cataloging of hard copies in the Commission’s library.
  • Create action list for management staff from meetings.
  • Attend to specific assigned tasks related to the election process.


  • A minimum of 1-3 years’ experience in an office setting.
  • Computer literate in MS Office (Word; Excel; PowerPoint; Publisher) including database, email and internet;
  • In-depth knowledge of office management and
  • Familiarity with basic research methods and reporting techniques;
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills;
  • Outstanding communication and negotiation abilities;
  • Integrity and confidentiality;
  • Diploma in business administration or relative field, but not essential;
  • Able to meet deadlines and work with minimum supervision;



  • High School Diploma
  • Post-secondary education in business, computers, or office management is an asset


Closing Date

5pm, 12th January, 2017.

Send Cover letter; CV and support documents to