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Parliament name (generic / translated) Parliament of Barbados / Parlement de Barbade
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name House of Assembly
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Senate
Electoral Law 1 June 1971
Last amendment: 01/09/1990
Mode of designation directly elected 30
Constituencies 30 single-member constituencies.
Voting system Majority: Direct election. Simple majority vote.
Vacancies arising between general elections are filled through by-elections held within 90 days.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - age: 18 years
- Barbados citizenship (or Commonwealth citizenship if residence in the country for 3 years before elections)
- residence in a constituency for 3 months
- disqualifications: insanity, imprisonment, death sentence
Eligibility Qualified electors
- age: 21 years
- Barbados citizenship
- residence in the country for more than 7 years
- ineligibility: undischarged bankruptcy, allegiance to a foreign State, imprisonment exceeding 6 months, conviction of felony or of an offence involving dishonesty, electoral fraud
Incompatibilities - public officers
- members of armed or police forces
- judges
- director of public prosecutions
- Auditor-General
Candidacy requirements - nomination by 4 electors
- deposit equivalent to US$ 125, reimbursed if the candidate is elected or obtains more than 1/6 of the total votes cast in the constituency.

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