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House of Representatives

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Parliament name Parliament
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name House of Representatives
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Senate
Electoral Law 1 January 1900
Last amendment: 16/01/1989
Mode of designation directly elected 63
Constituencies 63 single-member constituencies.
Voting system Majority: Direct simple majority vote.
Vacancies are filled through by-elections.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - age: 18 years
- Jamaican or British Commonwealth citizenship
- residency in the country (during 12 months prior to the compilation of the register of electors for British Commonwealth citizens)
- disqualifications: insanity, death sentence, imprisonment for 6 months or more, conviction of electoral fraud, persons holding certain offices connected with the elections

Eligibility Qualified electors
- age: 21 years
- Jamaican or British Commonwealth citizenship
- residency in the country during 12 months immediately preceding the nomination
- ineligibility: allegiance to a foreign State, undischarged bankrupts
Incompatibilities - public officers
- judges of the highest court
- government contractors
- members of the defence force (unless exempted)
Candidacy requirements - nomination between 23 and 16 days before elections
- support of at least 10 qualifed electors
- deposit of $Jam.100 reimbursed if the candidate polls at least 1/8 of the total votes cast

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