"Reserved seats can be used to ensure the representation of specific minority groups in the legislature."
DocumentInternational IDEA: Electoral System Design: The New International IDEA Handbook, para. 152
- Special measures for advancing ethnic minorities or groups that have suffered past discrimination should be taken when circumstances warrant, but should not be maintained after the objectives for which they were taken are met, and should not result in the maintenance of unequal rights for different groups.
- Special measures to ensure participation and representation of national minorities may include reduced or waived minimum support, deposit, and electoral threshold requirements, and quotas.