Republic of Nauru

9,488 6

Population (as of May 29, 2015)

Elections in our database

5,704 93.34%

Registered Voters (as of June 1, 2010)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
President President Head of State
Parliament Assembly
President President Head of Government

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Baron WAQA
  • Head of Government: President Baron WAQA
  • Assembly: Nauru has a unicameral Parliament with 19 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by parliament to serve a 3-year term.
  • In the Parliament 19 members are elected through a Borda Count system to serve 3-year terms.***

*** Elections in Nauru are formally non-partisan. Nauru uses a modified Borda Count system called the Dowdall system. Key differences from the theoretical Borda system are that (1) this is applied in multimember constituencies and (2) the values assigned to a voter's preferences are fractions of a full point. (e.g. A voter's first preference carries a value of 1, her third preference a value of 1/3, and so on.) As with a single-winner Borda system, the N candidates with the highest vote totals win N seats in each district. There are six two-seat districts, one-three seat district, and one four-seat district. A voter must use all her rankings for his/her ballot to be valid.

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Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
Parliament 2003-05-03 - - -
Parliament 2008-04-26 - 5,238 -
Referendum 2010-02-27 4,389 5,238 83.79%
Parliament 2010-04-24 5,202 5,238 99.31%
Parliament 2010-06-19 - 5,238 -
Parliament 2013-06-08 5,528 5,704 96.91%

Voter Turnout