"The Special Rapporteur calls upon States in times of elections: (…) (e) To ensure that an enabling framework is provided for political parties to be formed — regardless of their political ideology — and to enjoy the level playing field, in particular in relation to their ability to access funding, and to exercise their rights to freedom of expression, including through peaceful demonstrations and access to the media."
DocumentUNHRC: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, para. 58.e
- Political parties, candidates, and citizens have the right to organize and participate in public rallies and conduct legitimate campaigning without undue influence.
- Demands on political parties regarding registration should not be so stringent as to jeopardize their freedom of association.
- Where legislation allows for public funding, private funding, or a mix of the two, legislation should ensure that all political parties and candidates are treated equitably with respect to campaign finance and expenditures.
- If public funds are distributed to political parties and candidates, those funds should be available on an equitable basis.