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There are two main features in the Advanced Search: Search Criteria and Display Options. They can be used separately or in combination.
red cubeSearch Criteria: Limits search results to parliamentary chambers that match the criteria you specify.
red cubeDisplay Options: Displays selected data fields in search results. By default, only the country and chamber name are displayed.
It is often useful to combine the two features by using both the Search Criteria and Display Options boxes.

In the example below, the results will display election dates, the total number of seats occupied and the current number of women parliamentarians in unicameral African parliaments that held elections in 2006.

EXAMPLE
Example 1

ADVANCED SEARCH CRITERIA

The tables below describe the three types of search criteria available in the Advanced search (criteria with predefined values, freely chosen criteria, and criteria with numerical values) and give examples of the values associated with each of the search criteria.

CRITERIA WITH PREDEFINED VALUES
With this type of criteria, you may only use the values given in the table:

Search criteria Description Predefined values
Affiliation IPU Select IPU-affiliated or non-IPU-affiliated Parliaments - yes
- no
Board Select chambers with or without a collegial-type presidency - yes
- no
Parliament (structure) Select Parliaments composed of one or two chambers - unicameral
- bicameral
President (gender) Select chambers with a male or female President - M
- F
Secretary General (gender) Select chambers with a male or female Secretary General - M
- F
Voting system Select chambers according to the voting system used in elections - majority
- proportional
- mixed

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FREELY CHOSEN CRITERIA
With this type of criteria, you may use the keywords you prefer:

Search criteria Description Examples of values
Address of the House The complete address + tel. fax, telex, e-mail ... e-mail (selection of Houses with an e-mail address)
Affiliation IPU (dates) The dates and/or periods of affiliation to the IPU 1889 (selection of parliaments affiliated from the start)
Candidacy requirements Modalities and practical conditions for submitting a candidature deposit, residence, ...
Chamber (original name) Name in the original language or transliterated, as the case may be Majlis
Chamber (translated name) Translation into English or French, depending on the language selected House of Representatives
Constituencies The number and type of constituencies single-member, multi-member, ...
Country (name) In English or French, depending on the initial selection See definition of geographic groupings
Elections (purpose) The reason for elections Normal date, early dissolution, ...
Elections (background) Summary of the election context and the main trends coalition, violence, ...
MP (eligibility) The requirements for election age, residence, nationality, ...
MP (incompatibility) List of posts incompatible with the mandate of MP civil servants, judges, ...
Parliament (translated name) Translation into English or French, depending on the language selected National Assembly, Senate, ...
President (debates) Describes the President's participation in debates discipline, quorum, ...
President (designation) Mode of designation elected, appointed, ...
President (rights) Specifies his/her specific rights voting, speaking, ...
President (eligibility) The requirements for election age, residence, nationality, ...
President (wages) List of allowances and prerogatives car, flat, ...
President (mandate) Describes the nature of the mandate, possibilities for resignation, loss, ... imperative, free representation, ...
President (name)
President (powers) Lists his/her special powers police, initiative, ...
President (voting system) The system for electing the President secret
President (voting procedure) The procedure for electing the President announcement
President (status) Indicates his/her hierarchical rank, role, representativeness international relations
President (title) Speaker
President (parliamentary business) List of his/her specific tasks agenda
Region See definition of geographic groupings
Region (sub-region) See definition of geographic groupings
Secretary general (name)
Term of House (details) Special characteristics indeterminate, renewal by thirds, ...
Voter requirements The requirements for voting (age, residence, nationality, ...) 18 (selection of Chambers where voting age is 18)

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CRITERIA WITH NUMERICAL VALUES
With this type of criteria, you may only use figures or dates:

Criteria Description
Affiliation IPU (dates) Select parliaments affiliated to the IPU in a given year or before (<) or after (>)
Elections (dates) Select Chambers which held elections on a specific date or during a given year or period
Seats (number of occupied seats) Select Chambers with fewer seats (<) or more seats (>) than a given figure
Seats (breakdown by category) Determine the various categories of members: appointed, elected, ex officio, ...
Seats (statutory breakdown) Determine the various categories of members: appointed, elected, ex officio, ...
Term Select Chambers with legislatures = to, < or > than a given number of years
Women (% elections) Select Chambers with a percentage of women = to, < or > than a given figure, immediately following the elections
Women (% present) Select Chambers with a percentage of women = to, < or > than a given figure, at the time of updating
Women (present number) Select Chambers with a number of women = to, < or > than a given figure, at the time of updating


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