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Fale Alea (Legislative Assembly)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Fale Alea / Legislative Assembly
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Electoral Law 6 May 2010
Mode of designation directly elected 17
indirectly elected 9
other 1
Constituencies 27 single-member constituencies: 10 in Tongatapu, three in Vava'u and two in Ha'apai and one each in 'Eua and Niuatoputapu/Niuafo'ou.
Voting system Majority: Single member plurality systems ("first past the post").
Candidates with the highest number of votes are declared elected.
Vacancies arising in seats held by representatives of nobles or the commoners are filled through by elections.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - age: 21 years
- Tonga citizenship
- Registration on the electoral roll
- disqualifications: insanity, nobles, persons under summons for debt
Eligibility Qualified electors
- age: 21 years
- Tonga citizenship
- ineligibility: civil servants, persons with unpaid debts under court order
Incompatibilities - all offices of emolument under the Crown except those of Minister and Governor
Candidacy requirements Candidatures submitted by individuals
For directly elected members:
- supported by 50 qualified electors of the district concerned
- registration fee of $T 400 (US$ 200)

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