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The Salvadoran legislature is a unicameral body. It is made up of 84 deputies, all of who are elected by direct popular vote according to open-list proportional representation to serve three-year terms and are eligible for immediate re-election. Of these, 64 are elected in 14 multi-seat constituencies, corresponding to the country's 14 departments, which return between 3 and 16 deputies each. The remaining 20 deputies are selected on the basis of a single national constituency.
To be eligible for election to the Assembly, candidates must be (Art. 126, Constitution):
- Older than 25.
- Salvadoran citizens by birth, born of either a Salvadoran father or a Salvadoran mother.
- Of recognised honesty and education.
- Not have had the enjoyment of their rights as citizens cancelled in the previous five years.