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Stortinget (Parliament)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Stortinget / Parliament
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Electoral Law 28 June 2002
Representation of the People Act 2002
Mode of designation directly elected 169
Constituencies 19 multi-member (3 to 17 seats) constituencies corresponding to Norway's 19 counties.
Voting system Proportional: Party-list system, with proportional distribution of seats according to the modified Sainte- Laguë method.
Of the 169 members returned, 150 are elected as constituency representatives while 19 (one seat from each constituency) are elected as "members at large".
Election Day is set by the King on a Monday in September, usually the first or second of the month.
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 by the end of the year of election
- Norwegian citizenship
- current or previous residence in the country
- Registration on the voters' list
- disqualifications: sentence for certain criminal offences (such as felonies committed against the independence and security of the State) and work in the service of a foreign State without the consent of the government
Eligibility - qualified electors
- age: 18 years
- Norwegian citizenship
- Ministry staff (with the exception of ministers, State secretaries and political advisers)
- Supreme Court judges
- members of the diplomatic corps or the consular service.
Incompatibilities - Ministers and officials of the Ministries
- Supreme court judges
- posts in consular or diplomatic services
Candidacy requirements - submission of the candidates list before 31 March in the year of the elections
- candidatures must be submitted by parties or groups
- Condition for registered parties which polled over 500 votes in one constituency or over 5,000 votes nationwide: the signature of two members of the executive committee of the party's local branch
- Condition for other parties and groups: signature of 500 registered voters in the constituency
- simultaneous nomination in several constituencies possible

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