Nauru is a Westminster-style constitutional democracy. The Nauru legislature is a unicameral parliament with 18 members, elected every three years. The executive consists of a President who is appointed from amongst the members of the legislature. The President performs the functions of both the Head of State and Head of Government. The President appoints the Cabinet, which can be made up of six ministers (including him/herself) from the elected Members of Parliament.
Just over 7400 voters have registered to vote fro the upcoming elections, with atleast 14% estimated to be overseas. Voting is compulsory for all citizens in Nauru on election day.
The Writ for elections was issued on 12th July 2019, with the dates for elections set for 24th August 2019. Key dates and sequencing of events around the general elections are as follows:
|Issue of writ||12 July 2019|
|Publish Roll||17 July 2019|
|Close of Roll||3 August 2019|
|Candidate nominations open||4 August 2019|
|Candidate nominations close||10 August 2019|
|Last day for candidates withdrawal||13 August 2019|
|Publishing of Candidates names||14 August 2019|
|Draw for position on ballot paper||14 August 2019|
|Start of Early Voting||15 August 2019|
|Close of Early voting||23 August 2019|
|POLLING DAY||24 August 2019|
On 14th August 2019, the Nauru Electoral Commission announced a total of 60 candidates of which 5 are women (8%), that will stand for the general elections, competing for 19 seats in 8 Constituencies. Full names and details of the candidates can be viewed on here.
The names of the five women candidates for the Nauru general elections are: Charmaine Scotty (Yaren District), Isabella Dageago (Yaren), Gabrissa Hartman (Ubenide), Ronay Dick (Menen) and Kaye Aliklik (Ubenide).