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  • Right and Opportunity to Be Elected

    Every citizen has the right to be elected.
    • Voter Education, Candidacy and Campaigning, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “To vote and be elected at genuine periodic elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret ballot, guaranteeing the free expression of the will of the voter.”

    • Voter Education, Candidacy and Campaigning, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “In compliance with the fundamental obligations laid down in article 2 of this Convention, States Parties undertake to prohibit and to eliminate racial discrimination in all its forms and to guarantee the right of everyone, without distinction as to race, color, or national or ethnic origin, to equality before the law, notably in the enjoyment of the following rights: (c) Political rights, in particular the right to participate in elections-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, Candidacy and Campaigning, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “In applying the provisions of this Convention, Governments shall: Establish means by which these peoples can freely participate, to at least the same extent as other sectors of the population, at all levels of decision-making in elective institutions and administrative and other bodies responsible for policies and programmes which concern them.”

    • Voter Education, Candidacy and Campaigning, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against women in the political and public life of the country and, in particular, shall ensure women, on equal terms with men, the right: (a) to vote in all elections and public referenda and to be eligible for election to all publicly elected bodies; (b) to participate in the formulation of government policy and the implementation thereof and to hold public office and perform all public functions at all levels of government; (c) to participate in non-governmental organizations and associations concerned with the public and political life of the country.”

    • Voter Education, Candidacy and Campaigning, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “Women shall be eligible for election to all publicly elected bodies, established by national law, on equal terms with men, without any discrimination.”

    • Voter Education, Candidacy and Campaigning, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “Migrant workers and members of their families shall have the right to participate in public affairs of their State of origin and to vote and to be elected at elections of that State, in accordance with its legislation.”

    • Voter Education, Candidacy and Campaigning, 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, Candidacy and Campaigning, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “Every citizen shall have the right to participate freely in the government of his country, either directly or through freely chosen representatives in accordance with the provisions of the law.”

    • Voter Education, Candidacy and Campaigning, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “States Parties shall take specific positive action to promote participative governance and the equal participation of women in the political life of their countries through affirmative action, enabling national legislation and other measures to ensure that: b) women are represented equally at all levels with men in all electoral processes.”

    • Voter Education, Candidacy and Campaigning, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “Every citizen shall enjoy the following rights and opportunities: (a) to take part in the conduct of public affairs, directly or through freely chosen representatives.”

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International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

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International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

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Convention concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries

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Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

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Convention on the Political Rights of Women

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International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families

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Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights

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Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa

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American Convention on Human Rights

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