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Parliament name (generic / translated) Conseil national / National Council
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Structure of parliament Unicameral
Affiliation to the IPU Yes
Affiliation date(s) 1948 -
President Stéphane Valeri (M) 
Notes Elected on 22 Feb. 2018.
Secretary General Philippe Mouly (M) 
Notes Appointed on 1 March 2013.
Members (statutory / current number) 24 / 24

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Women (current number) 8 (33.33%)
Mode of designation directly elected 24
Term 5 years
Last renewal dates 11 February 2018
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Address Conseil national
2, place de la Visitation
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Phone (377) 97 98 73 45
Fax (377) 93 25 31 90
E-mail mariam.tavassoli-zea@conseil-national.mc


Parliament name (generic / translated) Conseil national / National Council
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Electoral law 23 February 1968
Last amendment: 23/12/2002
Mode of designation directly elected 24
Constituencies 1 multi-member nationwide constituency.
Voting system Proportional: List Proportional Representation (List PR):
- Each ballot paper includes the names of candidates of the same party/coalition list, which shall not exceed the total number of seats to be filled (i.e. 24). Each voter may either approve one of the lists as a whole, or replace some of candidates across different party/coalition lists ("panachage") by indicating the full name of the candidates of their choice. The ballot paper after the "panachage" should contain no more names than the number of seats to be filled.
- First to be elected are the sixteen candidates who have obtained the most votes. In case of a tie, the eldest candidate is declared elected.
- The eight remaining seats are filled from the electoral lists that have polled at least five per cent of the valid votes cast, as per the proportional representation system.
- Each list contains a number of seats equal to the number of times the electoral quotient is contained in the total number of valid votes cast for all candidates on the list. The electoral quotient is obtained by dividing the total number of valid votes cast by the number of seats to be filled by proportional voting. Any remaining seats are filled by applying the rule of the highest average. This figure is determined for each list by adding, whenever a seat is left, a fictitious seat to the number of seats the list has won via proportional voting and by dividing the total number of votes it has obtained by the number of seats, including the fictitious seat that has been added. Within each list, the seats obtained are allocated to candidates depending on the number of votes obtained. In case of a tie, the eldest candidate is elected.
- Once there are four vacancies in the National Council, by-elections are held within three months after the last of the seats falls vacant. No by-elections are scheduled, however, within six months of general elections, unless the number of vacancies exceeds half of the parliamentary seats.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - age: 18 years
- Monegasque nationality for a minimum of five years
- disqualifications: undischarged bankruptcy, imprisonment, second conviction for drunkenness by a court of summary jurisdiction resulting in imprisonment, unsuspended or suspended sentences of imprisonment of certain lengths, conviction in absentia (suspension)
Eligibility - qualified electors
- age: 25 years
- Monegasque citizenship
- ineligibility: members of the Council of State, the Council of the Crown, the Supreme Tribunal, persons who - having a dual citizenship - hold a public or elective office in a foreign countr
Incompatibilities - members of the sovereign House
- government councillors
- diplomats
- magistrates
- certain high-ranking civil servants
Candidacy requirements - submission of candidatures 8 to 15 days before election day ; for the second ballot, candidatures may be presented up to the Tuesday following the first ballot.


Parliament name (generic / translated) Conseil national / National Council
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 11 February 2018
Timing and scope of renewal Primo! Monaco as Priority (Priorité Monaco), led by former Speaker Stéphane Valeri, won a resounding victory. It took 21 seats in the 24-member National Council and ousted the outgoing ruling party, Monaco Horizon (HM), led by Ms. Béatrice Fresko-Rolfo. On 22 February, the newly-elected National Council elected Mr. Valeri as its Speaker. Major electoral issues in 2018 included housing and pension reform. Primo! promised to establish an urgent plan to provide more housing and to protect civil servants' pension scheme.
Date of previous elections: 10 February 2013

Timing of election: Upon normal expiry

Expected date of next elections: February 2023

Number of seats at stake: 24 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: 72

Percentage of women candidates: Not available.

Number of parties contesting the election: 3

Number of parties winning seats: 3

Alternation of power: Yes

Number of parties in government: 1

Names of parties in government: Primo! Monaco as Priority (Priorité Monaco)

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 22 February 2018

Name of the new Speaker: Mr. Stéphane Valeri (Primo! Monaco as Priority (Priorité Monaco))
Voter turnout
Round no 111 February 2018
Number of registered electors
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
5'097 (70.35%)

Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political group Candidates Votes % of votes
Primo! Monaco as Priority (Priorité Monaco)
Monaco Horizon (HM)
Monégasque Union (UM)
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total of seats
Primo! Monaco as Priority (Priorité Monaco) 21
Monaco Horizon (HM) 2
Monégasque Union (UM) 1
Distribution of seats according to sex


Percent of women


Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
National Council (14.02.2018)


Parliament name (generic / translated) Conseil national / National Council
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Title Speaker of the National Council
Term - duration: 1 year, renewable;
- reasons for interruption of the term: resignation, dissolution of the National Council
Appointment elected by the Members on the eleventh day following the election of the National Council and after validation of Members' mandates
Eligibility - any Member may be a candidate
- notification of candidature must be made during the public sitting during which the election takes place
Voting system - formal vote by secret ballot
- an absolute majority is required in the first round, a relative majority in the second - in case of a tie, the oldest candidate is declared elected
- in the second round, new candidates are admitted
Procedures / results - the oldest of the Members present presides over the Council during the voting
- the two youngest Members supervise the voting
- the oldest Member announces the results without delay
- the results cannot be challenged
Status - ranks third in the hierarchy of State, after the Prince and the State minister
- represents the Council in various national and international bodies (eg the OSCE)
- in case of absence, the Speaker is replaced by the Deputy Speaker
Board - is set up under the Constitution and regulated by the Standing Orders of the National Council - it is renewed annually
- consists of a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman - the National Council can appoint several of its members to assist the Board, but in practice, the Board is made up of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker and the Committee Chairmen
- meets at the initiative of the Speaker or one of the members of the Board
- decides on the structure and functioning of Parliament's adminstrative services and ensures the application and execution of the Standing Orders as well as the administration of the funds budgeted by the Council
Material facilities - allowance
Organization of parliamentary business - convenes extraordinary sessions when at least two-thirds of the Members so request
- establishes and modifies the agenda
- organizes the debates
- refers texts to a committee for study in certain cases

Chairing of public sittings - can open, adjourn and close sittings
- ensures respect for provisions of the Constitution and Standing Orders
- makes announcements concerning the Council
- takes disciplinary measures in the event of disturbance, and lifts such measures
- establishes the list of speakers, gives and withdraws permission to speak
- calls for a vote, decides how it is to be carried out, verifies the voting procedure and cancels a vote, with the Council's agreement, in the event of irregularities
- checks the quorum
- has discretionary power to give the floor outside the agenda and thus organizes impromptu debates
Special powers - prepares requests for budgetary allocations for the functioning of the Council, with the agreement of the Chairman of the Finance Committee
- the recruitment, assignment and promotion of staff is subject to his agreement
- appoints the Clerk
- organizes the services of Parliament
- is traditionally President of the Monaco-France Friendship Group
- is responsible for safety, and in this capacity, can call the police in the event of disturbance in the Chamber
Speaking and voting rights, other functions - takes the floor in legislative debates, like the other Members
- provides guidelines for the interpretation or completion of the text under discussion, like the other Members
- takes part in voting, like the other Members
- proposes bills or amendments, like the other Members
- intervenes in the parliamentary oversight procedure

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