"The Committee recalls that under article 25(b), every citizen has the right to vote, and that in order to protect this right, States parties to the Covenant should prohibit any intimidation or coercion of voters by criminal laws and that such laws should be strictly enforced.The application of such laws constitutes, in principle, a lawful limitation of the right to freedom of expression, necessary for the respect of the rights of others. Any situation in which voters are subject to intimidation and coercion must, however, be distinguished from a situation in which voters are encouraged to boycott an election without any form of intimidation. "
DocumentUN (CCPR): Communication No. 1009/2001, Vladimir Viktorovich et. Al v. Belarus, p.5-6 para. 7.4
- Every citizen has the right to vote.
- Freedom of expression may only be restricted under certain circumstances as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society.
- Limits placed on the right to vote must be based on objective and reasonable criteria.
- 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.