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Structure of Parliament: Unicameral

Are there legislated quotas...

  • Yes for the Single/Lower House?
  • No at the Sub-national level?

Are there voluntary quotas...

  • No adopted by political parties?

Is there additional information?

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Armenia

(Republic of Armenia)

Single/Lower house

Azgayin Zhoghov / National Assembly

Total seats:131
Total women:14
% women: 11%
Election year:2012
Electoral system:Parallel
Quota type: Legislated Candidate Quotas
Election details: IDEA Voter Turnout
IPU Parline
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Quota type:
Legislated Candidate Quotas
Electoral law Armenia’s Parliament is composed of 41 seats elected through 41 single-member constituencies and 90 seats contested through a proportional representation system on a nationwide list. The number of persons of each sex shall not exceed 80 % of any integer group of five candidates starting from the second number of the electoral list (2–6, 2–11, 2–16 and so on up to the end of the list) of a political party or alliance of political parties and of each party included in an alliance for the National Assembly election under the proportional electoral system’(Article 108 (2), Electoral Code of Armenia, 2011).
Legal sanctions for non-compliance: Electoral law The Central Electoral Commission shall reject the registration of the electoral list of a political party, or an alliance of political parties, if the electoral list does not meet the requirements defined by Article 108 (2), including the legislated candidate quota (Article 110).
Rank order/placement rules: Electoral law ‘The number of persons of each sex shall not exceed 80 % of any integer group of five candidates starting from the second number of the electoral list (2–6, 2–11, 2–16 and so on up to the end of the list) of a political party or alliance of political parties and of each party included in an alliance for the National Assembly election under the proportional electoral system’ (Article 108, (2), Electoral Code of Armenia, 2011).

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Last updated 2014-04-01

Additional information

The first quota legislation was adopted in 1999 and required that political party lists of candidates for the proportional representation election contain no less than 5 per cent female candidates. In the 2003 elections, seven women were elected (5.3 per cent), but one was designated as a cabinet minister, leaving six women in parliament (3.8 per cent). For the 2007 parliamentary elections, the required gender quota provision was increased to 15 per cent but none of the five women who contested seats in the first-past-the-post system were elected, while 12 women were elected under the proportional representation system. The current quota system was introduced in 2011 and was applied to the 2012 parliamentary elections, introducing the improved ranking order requirement and thus helping to position women candidates evenly across candidate lists.

Last updated 2014-03-20

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