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MICRONESIA (FEDERATED STATES OF)
Congress
ELECTORAL SYSTEM

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Parliament name Congress
Structure of parliament Unicameral
LEGAL FRAMEWORK
Electoral Law 30 December 1994
Mode of designation directly elected 14
Constituencies - 10 single-member constituencies
- 4 states (Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae) for "at-large" Senators
Voting system Mixed: Mixed system:
- simple majority in single-member constituencies
- proportional representation for the four "at-large" Senators
The federal President and Vice-President are elected by the Congress from among the four Senators-at-large; the offices rotate among the four states.
Vacancies arising between general elections are normally filled through by-elections, except in the case of an unexpired term of less than one year, when appointment takes place.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - age: 18 years old
- Micronesian citizenship
- minimum period of local residence
- disqualifications: criminal conviction, insanity
CANDIDATES
Eligibility - age: 30 years old by election day
- Micronesian citizenship for a minimum of 15 years
- residence in State from which elected for at least five years

Ineligibilities:
- Persons under a judgement of mental incompetence or insanity
- Persons convicted of a felony by a State or National Court of the Federated States of Micronesia or its predecessor Government of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.
Incompatibilities - any other public office or employment
- any activity which conflicts with proper discharge of legislative duties
Candidacy requirements - Deposit of a filing fee of US $100 at the Treasury of the Federated States of Micronesia
- Nomination by 25 registered voters from the election district in which the candidate is running.

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