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The Palestinian Legislative Council ratified a new elections law in June 2005 which calls for a mixed electoral system for PLC elections.
The system combines the use of districts and proportional representation using party lists. The law divides the 132 seats of the PLC equally, with 66 seats decided in district voting and 66 by proportional representation.
There are 11 electoral districts in the West Bank and five in the Gaza Strip. Each district is allocated a number of seats in proportion to the relative size of its population.
Each electoral list must include a minimum of seven candidates and a maximum of 66. Each list must also include at least one woman in the first three names, at least one woman in the next four names and at least one woman in the five names that follow.
Each voter receives two ballots. The first contains the names of candidates in his electoral district, from which the voter selects a number of candidates not exceeding the number of seats assigned to the district. The second ballot contains the names of the parties running lists, from which the voter chooses only one.
In district voting, seats are won by candidates who obtain the highest number of votes in that district. Six out of the 66 district seats are reserved for Christians (see photo).
In the system of proportional representation, a list which obtains two percent or more of the votes is allocated a number of seats in proportion to the number of votes obtained.