1966 Nauruan parliamentary election

Elections for the Legislative Council for the Territory of Nauru were held for the first and only time on 22 January 1966.[1]

Background edit

Nauru had been under Australian administration since World War II. In 1962 the United Nations General Assembly voted by 80 –0 that the island should be granted independence.[2] The United Nations Trusteeship Council subsequently requested that the Australian government set up a Legislative Council.[3] The Parliament of Australia passed the Nauru Act 1965, which established the Legislative Council for the Territory of Nauru. The new body had fifteen members, comprising nine elected members, one ex officio member (the Administrator), and five "official members" (appointed by the Governor-General of Australia on the nomination of the Administrator).[4]

Electoral system edit

The electoral system remained the same as for the Local Government Council; the fourteen districts of Nauru were grouped into eight constituencies. Seven constituencies elected one member, whilst one elected two.[5] A total of 24 candidates stood for the nine seats.[6]

Results edit

Hammer DeRoburt (Boe constituency) and Roy Degoregore (Anetan and Ewa) were both elected unopposed.[7] All elected candidates had previously been members of the Local Government Council at some point.[7]

Constituency Elected members
Aiwo Samuel Tsitsi
Anabar James Doguape
Anetan Roy Degoregore
Boe Hammer DeRoburt
Buada Austin Bernicke
Meneng James Ategan Bop
Ubenide Buraro Detudamo
Victor Eoaeo
Yaren Joseph Detsimea Audoa
Source: Viviani

Aftermath edit

The new Legislative Council was opened by Australian Minister for the Territories Charles Barnes on 31 January 1966,[1] which marked the twentieth anniversary of the return to Nauru of survivors of the World War II deportation of islanders during the Japanese occupation.[7] Hammer DeRoburt was re-elected as Head Chief by the Council after the elections.[7]

Victor Eoaeo resigned from the Legislative Council on 30 November 1967.[8]

References edit

  1. ^ a b Nauruans Want To Go It Alone In Two Years Pacific Islands Monthly, February 1966, p16
  2. ^ Nancy Viviani (1970) Nauru: Phosphate and Political Progress Australian National University Press, p150
  3. ^ Viviani, p151
  4. ^ "Nauru Act 1965". Federal Register of Legislation.
  5. ^ Viviani, p105
  6. ^ Viviani, p154
  7. ^ a b c d Viviani, p155
  8. ^ Nauruans find independence is good for their Constitution Pacific Islands Monthly, February 1968, p35