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Parliament (Parliament)

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Parliament name Parliament
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Electoral Law 28 March 2014
Electoral Decree 2014
Mode of designation directly elected 50
Constituencies One nationwide constituency
Voting system Proportional: Seats are distributed proportionally to the parties and independent candidates obtaining the most votes. Only independent candidates and political parties receiving at least 5% of valid votes are entitled to representation in parliament.
Vacancies arising between general elections are filled by the next-in-line candidate on the same list.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - ae: 18 years
- Fijians who do not hold citizenship of any other country
- persons registered on the Register of Voters
- disqualifications: insanity, sentence of death or imprisonment for a term exceeding 12 months, conviction for electoral offences
Eligibility - qualified electors
- age: 18 years
- Fijians who do not hold citizenship of any other country
- residence in the country for at least two years immediately before being nominated
-undischarged bankrupts
- members of the Electoral Commission and anyone who has been a member of that Commission at any time during the four years immediately before being nominated
- persons subject to a sentence of imprisonment
- persons convicted of any offence under any law for which the maximum penalty is a term of imprisonment of 12 months or more at any time during the eight years immediately before being nominated
- persons guilty of any offence under a law relating to elections, registration of political parties or registration of voters, including any offence prescribed under the Electoral Decree 2014
Incompatibilities - public office
- certain government posts in the preceding three years
- government contractors
- election officials
Candidacy requirements - candidature by independent candidates or political parties registered in accordance with the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures) Decree 2013
- deposit of 1,000 Fijian dollars for independent candidates and 1,000 Fijian dollars for each party candidate on a political party list
- Deposits are reimbursed to candidates who are elected and to unsuccessful candidates who obtained at least 1% of the total number of votes cast in the election.

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