"Everyone shall have the right and opportunity and in the state of which he is a citizen (b) to vote and to be elected at elections held on the basis of universal and equal suffrage by secret ballot, that guarantees the free expression of the will of the voters."
DocumentCIS: Commonwealth of Independent States Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, art. 29(b)
- Genuine elections are required to express the will of the people.
- The expression of the will of the people in establishing government is fundamental in every election.
- Every citizen has the right to vote.
- Limits on the right to vote may be based on citizenship.
- Every citizen has the right to be elected.
- Elections must be held by universal suffrage.
- Elections must be held by equal suffrage.
- The election should be held by secret ballot.
- Limits on individuals wishing to run for office may only be based on objective and reasonable criteria, including citizenship.