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BAHAMAS
House of Assembly
ELECTORAL SYSTEM

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Parliament name Parliament
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name House of Assembly
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Senate
LEGAL FRAMEWORK
Electoral Law 31 December 1969
Last amendment: 10/01/1992
Mode of designation directly elected 38
Constituencies 38 single-member constituencies.
Voting system Majority: Simple majority vote (single-member plurality system, first past the post)
Vacancies arising between general elections are filled through by-elections.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - age: 18 years
- Bahamas citizenship
- 3 months minimum residence in constituency
- disqualifications: insanity, imprisonment, sentence of death
CANDIDATES
Eligibility - age: 21 years
- Bahamas citizenship
- one year minimum residence in country immediately before nomination
- ineligibility: undischarged bankruptcy, insanity, allegiance to a foreign State, electoral fraud, criminal conviction, sentence of death or imprisonment
Incompatibilities - judges
- public officers (for more than three months)
- armed forces of the Crown
- employment on personal staff of Governor-General or in the Ministry of Tourism
Candidacy requirements - nomination by four electors
- payment of 400 B$, reimbursed if the candidate obtains 1/6 or more of constituency votes

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