All eligible citizens
have the right to vote and should be provided with opportunities
to exercise that right on Election Day.
should make voting accessible to the electorate by ensuring
that there are sufficient and accessible polling stations
throughout the country. Authorities should ensure the freedom
of movement of voters to polling stations. Arrangements
should be made for persons with disabilities to have access
to the polling stations.
procedures for voting should be consistent for all voters
and allow voters to cast their ballots in an efficient and
organized manner. Polling staff should be required to act
in a fair and impartial manner. All voters have the right
to vote in secret. Nobody should be able to vote on behalf
of another person. Safeguards to prevent a person from voting
again in the same or another polling station should be put
in place. Special voting procedures should be applied to
enable voters who are unable to attend polling stations
to cast their ballot.
Violence, harassment, and coercion
should be free from intimidation, harassment, coercion,
or violence. No unauthorized person, including members of
security forces, agents of political parties or observers,
should interfere in the conduct of polling or the exercise
of a citizens’ right to vote.
agents of political parties and candidates, as well as accredited
international and domestic observers, should be permitted
to observe all polling activities.