"One way of avoiding manipulation is to define in the Constitution or in a text higher in status than ordinary law the elements that are most exposed (the electoral system itself, the membership of electoral commissions, constituencies or rules on drawing constituency boundaries). Another, more flexible, solution would be to stipulate in the Constitution that, if the electoral law is amended, the old system will apply to the next election – at least if it takes place within the coming year – and the new one will take effect after that. "
DocumentCoE (Venice Commission): Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters, II.2.65 (exp. report)
- The fundamental aspects of the electoral law should be enshrined in the constitution or at another level higher than ordinary law.
- Voting processes must be subject to the rule of law, not to decisions of the current government or a single party.
- Laws regulating the membership of electoral commissions should be enshrined in the constitution or at another level above ordinary law.