"[States should foster citizen participation in the electoral process by] requiring that political parties permanently refrain from exercising pressure, violence and intimidation on the population, and protecting voters and candidates against such threats. This requires strict compliance with the principle of secrecy of the ballot and application of dissuasive but proportionate sanctions against perpetrators of any of these violations. "
DocumentCoE (Parliamentary Assembly): Resolution 1897 (2012): Ensuring Greater Democracy in Elections, para. 8.1.10
- The right to security of the person applies to candidates.
- Candidates and parties should not engage in violence.
- 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.
- Counting should take place in an atmosphere free from intimidation.