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Are You Registered To Vote?

As a citizen of Nauru you must be registered to vote and all citizens who turn 20 are automatically added to the voter roll.

It is crucial that you come to the NEC in the civic center to check your details are correct and that you are registered in the correct district.


Do you need to transfer your district?

Please read the voter registration fact sheet for information about transferring your registration to a new district. If you meet the criteria to transfer then please:

  1. Download the transfer form and fill it out.
  2. Pay the transfer fee and bring the payment receipt and form to the NEC office.
  3. We can answer any questions you may have and be happy to help.
  4. The fee to transfer is currently $1,000. (The fact sheet is being updated to reflect the new fee).

If you are overseas and need to transfer your district registration:

  1. Download the Overseas Application For Transfer Form
  2. Get a barrister or solicitor, a pleader, a Commissioner of Oaths, or a person appointed by the Electoral Commissioner to witness (sign) your form
  3. Scan and send to
  4. Get someone to pay the transfer fee for you. Send them your form too to make sure they submit the right application when they pay the fee. Please get them to visit the NEC offices for information about how to make the payment and submit your application.


As a citizen of Nauru, and aged over 20, you must vote on Election Day unless you are out of Nauru on Election Day, are seriously ill or infirm, or have a reason that is valid and sufficient.

Not voting is an offense – you will be asked to explain why and may have to pay a fine.

You must vote in the district in which you are registered

There are many ways to vote:

  1. Vote at your polling station on Polling Day
  2. Appoint a proxy to vote for you if you are on in Nauru on Polling Day
  3. Early voting in the week before Polling Day (if you meet one of several criteria)
  4. Mobile voting (electoral officials will visit you to help you vote if you cannot come to the Polling Center due to illness or if you are in Prison)

Because of legal timing issues – if you act as a proxy for an overseas voter you must vote on Polling Day and cannot use early voting or mobile voting.

Mobile Voting (Special Needs)

If you cannot come to the voting place because you are ill, infirm, or approaching maternity you can ask the NEC to visit you instead.

Applications must be at least 2 days before the Election Day.

Download Factsheet ↓ (Coming soon)

Overseas On Election Day? (Proxy Voting)

If you won’t be in Nauru on Election Day, you can apply to the Electoral Commissioner for a proxy voting authorization through appointed witnesses or Consulate/ Embassy or Legal Practitioner.

Early Voting

Early voting help voters who cannot vote on Polling Day, to vote before .

Early voting will be available for a week before Polling day from 12pm on the Thursday (1 week before polling) to 5pm the day before Polling (Saturdays from 9am to 1pm and closed on Sundays).

Early voting is available to voters if they meet one of the following criteria. The voter:
• Is overseas on polling day;
• Has religious beliefs prevent them from voting on polling day;
• Is ill or infirm;
• Is approaching maternity;
• Is a voter who will be a patient in a hospital;
• Is unable to leave the work place during the hours of polling.

How to Apply and Vote

Come to the NEC office in Aiwo Civic Center, bring the required proof and ID with you. Complete an application form in writing and provide proof required as shown below. Once the application is approved you can vote immediately.


Proof of travel planned travel

Religious Beliefs

Voter’s name appears on the list provided by the voter’s church administration.

Ill or infirm

Doctor’s certificate

Approaching Maternity

Doctor’s certificate

Will be a patient in the hospital

Admission papers or other proof

Unable to leave the workplace

Letter from Employer.


Other methods of Voting


Voters who will be overseas, or ill and unable to attend a polling place, can use the proxy or mobile voting services instead of early voting if they prefer.