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Assemblée nationale - National Assembly (National Assembly)

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Parliament name Parlement - Parliament
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name (generic / translated) Assemblée nationale - National Assembly / National Assembly
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Sénat - Senate / Senate
Electoral Law 16 December 1991
Mode of designation directly elected 180
Constituencies 58 departmental constituencies.
Voting system Mixed: Mixed direct voting system:
- simple majority in single-member constituencies
- absolute majority in constituencies where the list system is applicable. If no list obtains an absolute majority, the one with the highest number of votes is allocated half of the seats; the remainder is allocated to the other best-placed lists through proportional representation. Lists obtaining less than 5% of the votes cast are not eligible for proportional distribution. Seats are awarded to candidates in the order in which they appear on each party list.
Vacancies arising between general elections are filled through by-elections held within a period of 12 months. No such elections are held when vacancies arise less than one year before the end of the National Assembly's term.
Voting is not compulsory.

Voter requirements - age: 20 years
- Cameroonian citizenship
- permanent domicile or residence for more than 6 months in the constituency (members of the armed forces are registered where based notwithstanding the residence requirement)
- disqualifications: felony, imprisonment, persons under warrant for arrest, undischarged bankrupts, persons convicted of offences against the security of the State, insanity
Eligibility Qualified electors
- age: 23 years
- Cameroonian citizenship
- ability to read and write French or English
- ineligibility: allegiance to a foreign State
Incompatibilities - members of the Government or of the Economic and Social Council
- senior officers of a public or para-statal body
- members of the armed, security and police forces during the discharge of their duties and for six months following the termination of their status
Candidacy requirements - deposit of candidates' list at least 40 days before polling day
- deposit of Francs CFA 150,000 per candidate, reimbursable if the party list obtains at least 5% of the votes cast at the national level

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