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Majlis Al-Nuwab (Chamber of Deputies)

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Parliament name -
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Chamber name (generic / translated) Majlis Al-Nuwab / Chamber of Deputies
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Majlis al-Mustasharin / Chamber of Councillors
Electoral Law 8 April 1969
Last amendment: Decree No 2069 of 7 July 2009
Mode of designation directly elected 214
Constituencies - 26 multi-member constituencies covering the 24 governorates of the country. The two most densely populated governorates (Tunis and Sfax) each comprise two constituencies.
Voting system Mixed: - 161 members are elected from the constituencies. In each of the 26 constituencies, the voter selects a list of candidates without the possibility of replacing the names given. The list which secures an absolute majority at the national level wins all constituency seats.
- 53 remaining seats are allotted to parties that fail to win any constituency seats. The seats are attributed on the basis of the percentage of votes won at the national level by using the highest average formula. The seat goes to the candidate whose name appears first on the list concerned at the time of its submission.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - age: 18 years
- Tunisian citizenship or Tunisian nationality for at least five years
- full possession of civil and political rights
- disqualifications: conviction of crime, conviction entailing an unsuspended prison sentence in excess of three months, guardianship, undischarged bankruptcy, insanity, active members of the armed and security forces
Eligibility - qualified voters
- age: 23 years
- Tunisian citizenship
- Tunisian father or Tunisian mother
Incompatibilities - magistrates
- non-elective public functions remunerated by State funds
- President and members of the Constitutional Council
- directors and agents of national enterprises or public establishments
- president and members of the Economic and Social Council
- ambassadors
- governors, first delegates, delegates, sector heads (regional public functions)
- civil servants of and remunerated by a foreign State or international organization
- the foregoing provisions shall not apply to members of government
Candidacy requirements - candidatures must be submitted to the competent regional authorities during the fourth week preceding the elections
- each list must bear as many names as seats to be filled in the constituency.

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