House of Representatives of Liberia

House Of Representatives Of Liberia

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House of Representatives of Liberia

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The House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the bicameral Liberian Legislature. Legislative elections took place on 11 October 2005, and the elected members took office in January 2006.

Candidate eligibility

Citizens of Liberia who have attained the age of 25 years are eligible to contest elections and become members of the House of Representatives.

Electoral system

Under the 1986 Constitution, Liberian elections utilize a two-round system, whereby if no single candidate gains a majority of votes in the initial election, a run-off election is held between the two candidates with the highest number of votes. In the event of a vacancy, a by-election is held employing the two-round system, the winner of which serves the remainder of their predecessor's unexpired term. Each representative is elected to a six-year term with no term limits.

During the 2005 general elections, the first-past-the-post method was used for all legislative elections as a cost-saving measure. In subsequent by-elections, the two-round system has been used.

County representation

The 64 House seats are distributed among Liberia's fifteen counties based on its total number of registered voters. Each county is guaranteed by law to have at least two seats. The current seat distribution among the counties is as follows:

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