The Legal Framework and Candidacy and Campaigning
- All are equal before the law, and laws should be equally enforced.
- Laws must be consistent with international human rights.
- States should take measures to promote the principles of the rule of law.
- Laws and procedures must not be arbitrarily applied.
- The legal framework should address all components of the system of party and candidate financing.
- Legislation on political party and campaign finance should be clear and unambiguous.
- Legislation on political party and campaign finance should avoid conflicting provisions governing the activities of political parties and their financial activities.
- Legislation on political party and campaign finance should avoid conflicting provisions between laws governing the financing of national and sub-national parties.
- Legislation should cover fundamental issues such as sources of funding, private donations, public subsidies to political parties, the financing of election campaigns and provisions for disclosure, reporting, monitoring, and enforcement.
- Campaign finance legislation should be publicly available.