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Poslanecka Snemovna (Chamber of Deputies)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Parlament / Parliament
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name (generic / translated) Poslanecka Snemovna / Chamber of Deputies
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Senat / Senate
Electoral Law 27 September 1995
Last amendment: 5 October 2006
Mode of designation directly elected 200
Constituencies 14 multi-member constituencies ("electoral regions").
Voting system Proportional: Each elector votes for the party list of his/her choice and can also give four preferential votes to individual candidates on the list.
To gain parliamentary representation, each party needs to receive at least the 5 per cent of the votes nationwide. The threshold will be raised to 10 per cent for two-party coalitions, 15 per cent for three-party coalitions and 20 per cent for coalitions of four or more parties. Seats are distributed to parties and coalitions according to the D'Hondt system.
A candidate who receives over 5 per cent of the preferential votes at the regional level will be placed at the top of the party list. In cases where several candidates receive over 5 per cent of preferential votes, they will be placed on the list in descending order based on the total number of preferential votes they receive.
Vacancies arising between general elections are filled by substitutes elected at the same time as titular members.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - age: 18 years
- Czech citizenship (including naturalized citizens)
- residence in the country at the time of the election
- disqualifications: restricted freedom of movement for public health reasons or legal incapacity to vote.
Eligibility - qualified voters
- age: 21 years
- Czech citizenship (including naturalized citizens)
- ineligibilities: insanity or mental illness, holders of temporary entry permits, undocumented immigrants, members of the Electoral Commission, restricted freedom of movement for public health reasons or legal incapacity to stand for election.
Incompatibilities - President of the Republic
- senator, judge, attorney or State Arbiter
Candidacy requirements - candidates run as political party/coalition members, or as independents on the party/coalition candidate list
- candidatures must be submitted at least 66 days prior to polling day;
- each party/coalition has to pay to the regional authorities a contribution for electoral expenses totalling Kc 15,000 for each regional candidate list it submits

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