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House of Delegates (House of Delegates)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Olbiil Era Kelulau / National Congress
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name House of Delegates
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Senate
Electoral Law 1 January 1900
Mode of designation directly elected 16
Constituencies - 16 single-member constituencies corresponding to the country's states
Voting system Majority: Majority system
Single-Member Plurality Systems ("first past the post")
The candidate who receives the highest number of votes in the constituency concerned is declared elected.
By-elections are held to fill vacancies which arise between general elections unless fewer than 180 days remain in the parliamentary term.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - age: 18 years
- Palau citizenship
- minimum period of residence in country
- disqualifications: imprisonment, insanity, persons serving sentence for a felony
Eligibility Qualified electors
- age: 25 years
- Palau citizenship
- residence in country for at least five years immediately preceding the elections
- residence in district where running for at least one year immediately preceding the elections
Incompatibilities (data unavailable)
Candidacy requirements - a petition of declaration to run in an election for a delegate seat must be filed with the National Election Office prior to election
- twenty-five signatures from eligible voters of one's state must be secured before candidacy is certified

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