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Parliament name National Assembly
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name House of Representatives
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Senate
Electoral Law 5 August 1982
Mode of designation directly elected 360
Constituencies 360 single-member constituencies
Voting system Majority: Single-member plurality system ("first past the post")
Vacancies arising between general elections are filled through by-elections.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - 18 years old
- Nigerian citizenship
Eligibility - Qualified voters:
- 30 years old
- Nigerian citizenship
- School-leaving certificate
- Membership of a political party
- Employees in the public service
- Persons who have acquired citizenship of another country
- Persons who have been convicted of and sentenced for a criminal offence
- Persons declared bankrupt
- Members of secret societies (secret cults)
- Persons indicted for fraud by an administrative or judicial commission of inquiry
- Holders of temporary entry permits
- Undocumented immigrants
- Persons adjudged of unsound mind
Incompatibilities - Head of State
- Members of the other Chamber
- Ministers of State
- Holders of public posts
- Holders of judicial offices (judges)
- Civil servants
- Executives and members of the Electoral Commission
- Members of the armed forces
- Members of the security forces
*The incompatibilities above are valid during the term of office
Candidacy requirements - Deposit of 20,000 naira per candidate
- Candidature must be submitted by a political party

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