Obligation

Right to Security of the Person

International and regional treaties protect the right to security of the person, which includes protection from arbitrary arrest, detention, and exile.[1] Interpretive sources specifically highlight the need for voters to be protected from interference, coercion, or intimidation.[2] State practice sources suggest that this obligation also requires law enforcement to behave in a neutral manner during the electoral process.[3]

Issues


Safety, Security, and Voting Operations

  • Relevant Election Parts:
  • Voting Operations

Potential voters were able to vote without intimidation or coercion

  • Interference with registration, intimidation or coercion of potential voters is prohibited. [?]
  • Voters are free to vote for any candidate for election, for or against any referendum or proposal, for or against the government, without undue influence or coercion of any kind which may distort or inhibit free expression. [?]
  • Everyone has the right to security of the person without arbitrary arrest or detention. [?]
  • States should ensure that violence does not undermine women's political participation. [?]

Security personnel played a positive role during the electoral process, providing protection for voters, candidates, and electoral management body personnel without interfering in the process

  • Law enforcement should behave in a neutral manner. [?]
  • Voters have a right to security provided by police and security forces in polling stations, but without interference from them. [?]

Election officials were able to maintain order at the polling station

  • The highest election official at the polling site should have authority to maintain order. [?]

Safeguards were in place to prevent coercion of voters

  • Safeguards should be in place to prevent removal of evidence of how a voter has voted from the polling station. [?]

Safety, Security, and Voter Registration

  • Relevant Election Parts:
  • Voter Registration

The state prohibited interference with registration, intimidation, or coercion of potential voters

  • Law enforcement should behave in a neutral manner. [?]
  • Interference with registration, intimidation or coercion of potential voters is prohibited. [?]
  • Everyone has the right to security of the person without arbitrary arrest or detention. [?]
  • States should ensure that violence does not undermine women's political participation. [?]

Female Candidates

  • Relevant Election Parts:
  • Candidacy and Campaigning

Intimidation, coercion or violence against politically active women was prohibited in law and in practice.

  • States should ensure that violence does not undermine women's political participation. [?]

Security of the Person of Candidates, Parties, and Their Supporters

  • Relevant Election Parts:
  • Candidacy and Campaigning

The right to security of the person for all citizens (including EMB personnel) was protected throughout the election period

  • States should ensure that violence does not undermine women's political participation. [?]

The right to security of the person was enjoyed by all electoral stakeholders, including candidates, party members, and their supporters

  • Law enforcement should behave in a neutral manner. [?]
  • The right to security of the person applies to candidates. [?]
  • Everyone has the right to security of the person without arbitrary arrest or detention. [?]
  • Candidates and parties should not engage in violence. [?]

Safety, Security, and Vote Counting and Tabulation

  • Relevant Election Parts:
  • Vote Counting and Tabulation

Security personnel played a positive role during the electoral process, providing protection for voters, candidates, and electoral management body personnel without interfering in the process

  • Law enforcement should behave in a neutral manner. [?]
  • Everyone has the right to security of the person without arbitrary arrest or detention. [?]
  • Counting should take place in an atmosphere free from intimidation. [?]

Vote counting took place in an environment free of intimidation

  • Law enforcement should behave in a neutral manner. [?]
  • Counting should take place in an atmosphere free from intimidation. [?]
  • Everyone has the right to security of the person without arbitrary arrest or detention. [?]
  • States should ensure that violence does not undermine women's political participation. [?]

Safety, Security, and Electoral Dispute Resolution

  • Relevant Election Parts:
  • Electoral Dispute Resolution

Electoral stakeholders were free from arbitrary arrest and detention as well as intimidation and coercion

  • Law enforcement should behave in a neutral manner. [?]
  • Everyone has the right to security of the person without arbitrary arrest or detention. [?]

Law enforcement bodies were neutral in their work

  • Law enforcement should behave in a neutral manner. [?]


Safety, Security, and the Media

  • Relevant Election Parts:
  • The Media

Security of the person was guaranteed for all election stakeholders, including the members of the media

  • Members of the media have the right to security of the person. [?]
  • Everyone has the right to security of the person without arbitrary arrest or detention. [?]

Safety, Security, and the Electoral Management Body

  • Relevant Election Parts:
  • Election Management

The right to security of the person for all citizens (including EMB personnel) was protected throughout the election period

  • Everyone has the right to security of the person without arbitrary arrest or detention. [?]

Sources

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