22 Apr 2010

Nauru voters urged to choose wisely in term-truncating elections

4:52 pm on 22 April 2010

Voters in Nauru are being urged to bear in mind that the choices they make in Saturday's general snap election could influence decisions by aid donors.

In circumstances resembling those that precipitated the last election, this year's early poll was called after repeated unsuccessful bids by the opposition to lodge motions of no confidence and truncates the term of President Marcus Stephen's government by a year.

The director of the government information office says there are 86 candidates, eight of whom are women.

Joanna Olsson says 18 seats are to be divided among the top two winning candidates from each constituency, apart from Ubenide which gets four members.

"I think it's important that people do vote wisely because we've still got a lot of ongoing projects and I believe a lot of donors sort of looking closely, watching our elections closely as well."

Joanna Olsson says an 80 to 90 percent turnout is expected and, as with the previous two elections, the process is being monitored by observers from the Pacific Islands Forum.