"The system for the verification of signatures should be clearly defined in law and not overly technical, so as to avoid the possibility of abuse. In particular, a requirement that a citizen be allowed to sign in support of only one party should be avoided, as such a regulation would affect his/her right to freedom of association and could easily disqualify parties despite their attempts in good faith to fulfil this requirement."
DocumentOSCE (ODIHR), CoE (Venice Commission): Guidelines on Political Party Regulation, Second Edition, para. 196
- Electoral legislation and its regulations should offer clear guidance with respect to the process by which parties and candidates were placed on the ballot.
- Limits on individuals wishing to run for office may only be based on objective and reasonable criteria, including support from a minimum number of citizens.
- Voters should be allowed to sign ballot qualification petitions for more than one candidate or party.