"Registration as a necessary step for recognition of an association as a political party, for a party’s participation in general elections or for public financing of a party does not per se amount to a violation of rights protected under Articles 11 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Any requirements in relation to registration, however, must be such as are ‘necessary in a democratic society’ and proportionate to the objective sought to be achieved by the measures in question."
DocumentCoE (Venice Commission): Guidelines on Legislation on Political Parties: Some Specific Issues, para. B
- Political parties may be required to register with election authorities when contesting the election. The grounds for rejecting a registration application should be based on objective criteria.
- Demands on political parties regarding registration should not be so stringent as to jeopardize their freedom of association.