Election of Te Beretitenti

Nominations for candidates for the presidential election are made in the Maneaba ni Maungatabu from amongst its members. The law requires that there must be at least three and no more than four candidates. If there are more than four nominations, voting takes place among the members by secret ballot. There shall be two rounds of voting in which each member shall cast not more than a vote from among the candidates, and a member who is in the ballot may vote for himself. Any dispute arising out of or in connection with the election shall be determinded by the Speaker, whose decision is final. When voting in the first round has been completed, the Speaker shall declare or cause to be declared the result of the voting in that first round and the two candidates with the greatest number of votes shall be duly nominated. The Speaker shall then call for a second round of voting exempting the two candidates with the greatest number of votes in the first round from the ballot but not from taking part in the vote. At the completion of voting in the second round, the Speaker shall declare or cause to be declared the result of the voting in that second round and the two candidates with the greatest number of votes shall be duly nominated. If an equality of votes is found to exist between any members in the ballot, the Speaker shall order any further ballot that he thinks necessary, and the procedure at any further ballot shall be in accordance with this section.