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Mazhilis (House of Representatives)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Parlament / Parliament
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name (generic / translated) Mazhilis / House of Representatives
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Senate
Electoral Law 30 August 1995
Last amendment: 9 February 2009
Mode of designation directly elected 98
indirectly elected 9
Constituencies - One nationwide constituency for 98 seats
Voting system Proportional: Proportional Representation System (Party List System)
- Seats are attributed proportionally to parties that obtain over 7 per cent of the total votes (seven per cent threshold), by using the Largest Remainder System. In cases where there is a tie for the largest remainder, the seat will be attributed to the party list that was registered earlier. If only one party surpasses the threshold, the party getting the second highest number of votes receives at least two seats.
- Vacancies are filled by the "next-in-line" candidate of the same party. In cases where there are no candidates left on the corresponding party list, the seat remains vacant until the following elections to the House of Representatives.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - age: 18 years
- Kazakh citizenship
Disqualifications: imprisonment, persons found guilty of committing corruption crime or offense by the court, or with a prior conviction, which has not been cancelled or withdrawn in the order established by law
Eligibility - qualified voters
- age: 25 years
- Kazakh citizenship
- residence in the country
- ineligibility: incapacity, court conviction
Incompatibilities - paid position outside Mazhilis
- member of another assembly
- entrepreneurial or other paid activity except teaching, research and creative activities
- member of a managing body or supervisory board of a commercial organization
Candidacy requirements - Submission of candidates by political parties
- Deposit of a fee equal to 15 times the minimum wage, set by the law of the Republic of Kazakhstan, for each person on the party list. However, no deposit fee is required for political parties that have received at least 7 per cent of the total votes in the previous election to the House of Representatives. Political parties that have secured between 5 and 7 per cent of the total votes in the previous elections are required to pay 50 per cent of the deposit fee. Those which have obtained between 3 and 5 per cent of the votes are required to pay 70 per cent of the deposit fee.
- The deposit is reimbursed to political parties that receive at least 7 per cent of the total votes in the elections concerned, and in the eventuality that the sole candidate on the party list dies.

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