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  • Secret Ballot

    The election should be held by secret ballot.
    • Voter Education, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “Protecting the right of persons with disabilities to vote by secret ballot in elections and public referendums without intimidation, and to stand for elections, to effectively hold office and perform all public functions at all levels of government, facilitating the use of assistive and new technologies where appropriate;”

    • Voter Education, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “Every citizen shall enjoy the following rights: b. to vote and to be elected in genuine periodic elections, which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and by secret ballot that guarantees the free expression of the will of the voters.”

    • Voter Education, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “1. The Parties hereto proceed from the assumption that observance of the principle of secret balloting means exclusion of any control over voters’ expression of will, provision for equal conditions for free choice. 2. The citizens’ right to a secret balloting cannot be limited in any way and by whatsoever. 3. Conducting of elections shall be executed with the use of secret balloting procedure. 4. Electoral bodies are obliged to assure observance of the conditions stipulated by the Constitution, law, other legal acts that exclude the possibility to exert any control or monitoring over filling in the voting paper by the voter in the place of a secret balloting, performance of any actions violating the principle of voter’s secret will expression.”

    • Voter Education, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “Everyone shall have the right and opportunity and in the state of which he is a citizen (b) to vote and to be elected at elections held on the basis of universal and equal suffrage by secret ballot, that guarantees the free expression of the will of the voters.”

    • Voter Education, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “The High Contracting Parties undertake to hold free elections at reasonable intervals by secret ballot, under conditions which will ensure the free expression of the opinion of the people in the choice of the legislature.”

    • Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “Every citizen shall have the right and the opportunity, without any of the distinctions mentioned in article 2 and without unreasonable restrictions: to vote and to stand for election - on the basis of universal and equal suffrage, to take part in the Government as well as in the conduct of public affairs at any level and to have equal access to public service.”

    • Voter Education, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.”

    • Voter Education, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “To ensure that the will of the people serves as the basis of the authority of government, the participating states will: (7.4) ensure that votes are cast by secret ballot or by equivalent free voting procedure, and that they are counted and reported honestly with the official results made public.”

    • Vote Counting and Tabulation, Voting Operations, Voter Education

      “Essential elements of representative democracy include, inter alia, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, access to and the exercise of power in accordance with the rule of law, the holding of periodic, free, and fair elections based on secret balloting and universal suffrage as an expression of the sovereignty of the people, the pluralistic system of political parties and organizations, and the separation of powers and independence of the branches of government.”

    • Voter Education, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “The right to vote in secret is absolute and shall not be restricted in any manner whatsoever.”

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Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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American Convention on Human Rights

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Convention on the Standards of Democratic Elections, Electoral Rights and Freedoms in the Commonwealth of Independent States

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Commonwealth of Independent States Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

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Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (European Convention on Human Rights) as amended by Protocol No. 11

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International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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Document of the Copenhagen Meeting of the Conference on the Human Dimension of the CSCE

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Inter-American Democratic Charter

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Declaration on Criteria for Free and Fair Elections

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