5 May 2003

Early results in Nauru's elections favour sitting members

5:50 am on 5 May 2003

Early results from the elections in Nauru indicate a trend towards returning sitting members.

12 of the 18 seats have been declared and nine remain unchanged.

Radio Australia reports that two former Presidents, Rene Harris and Kinza Clodumar have both retained their seats..although the speaker of parliament has been defeated.

A concerted anti-corruption team of mainly young Nauruans, the Visionary Group, appears to have had limited impact