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Assemblée nationale (National Assembly)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Assemblée nationale / National Assembly
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Electoral Law 9 September 1997
Last updated: 15 February 2013
Mode of designation directly elected 91
Constituencies - 30 multi-member constituencies (between two and 10 seats each)
Voting system Proportional: Closed party-list system
Each political party, each legally constituted group of parties fielding candidates or each list of independent candidates submits a list comprising twice as many candidates as there are seats to be filled in the constituency concerned. Seats are allocated according to the quotient obtained by the highest average system. There is no threshold to win a seat.
Substitutes elected at the same time as titular members fill any vacancies that arise between general elections.
Voting is not compulsory.

Article 220 of the 2013 amendments to the electoral law provides for the following provisions but will not apply to the 2013 elections as preparations had started before the amendments were adopted.
The list of candidates submitted by any political party, legally constituted group of political parties or independent persons must respect overall gender parity.
Voter requirements - age: 18 years
- Togolese citizenship
- full possession of civil and political rights
- disqualifications: criminal conviction, imprisonment of more than six months for certain offences, refusal to appear in court despite having been ordered to do so, persons under guardianship, undischarged bankruptcy
Eligibility - qualified electors
- age: 25 years
- Togolese citizenship
- ability to read and write French
- residence in the country for at least six months
- ineligibility: members of the military, certain civil servants with a special status
Incompatibilities - all other public functions (except that of staff of higher education institutions)
- service for a foreign State or international organization
- head of a private or public corporation
Candidacy requirements - candidatures must be submitted to the Ministry in charge of Territorial Administration at the latest 30 days prior to the date of the first round of voting
- deposit of CFA 100,000 for men and half for women (= CFA 50,000); reimbursed if the candidate wins at least 5 per cent of the votes cast in the constituency

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