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Bundesrat (Federal Council)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Parlament / Parliament
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name (generic / translated) Bundesrat / Federal Council
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Nationalrat / National Council
Electoral Law 10 November 1920
Last amendment: 21.11.2003
Mode of designation indirectly elected 61
Constituencies 9 multi-member constituencies (3 to 12 seats, depending on the population size of each province).
Each province is entitled to a representation of at least three members. The number of members to be delegated by each province will be determined by the Federal President following every general census.
Voting system : Seats are divided between the parties according to the number of seats they hold in the provincial assemblies, which are determined on the basis of proportional representation. A substitute will be appointed for each member.
Vacancies arising between general elections are filled by alternate members chosen at the same time as titular members.
Voter requirements 9 provincial assemblies
Eligibility - age: 18 years
- Austrian citizenship, including naturalized citizens
- eligibility for the provincial legislature
- residency in homeland
Incompatibilities - members of the Constitutional Court or Administrative Court
- Federal President
- members of the Federal Council
- members of the European Parliament
- members of the Supreme Court, the Constitutional Court or an Administrative Court
- President of the Audit Office
- Parliamentary Commissioners (Ombudsmen)
- Executives of stock corporations, companies with limited liability, foundations or savings banks can be incompatible
- Judges, public prosecutors, civil servants in the police force as well as in other public security services, civil servants in the military service and employees in the fiscal or land assessment service are generally prohibited from continuing their service assignments, but exceptions are possible.
Candidacy requirements NA (not applicable) - eligibility for the provincial legislature

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