States should ensure that violence does not undermine women's political participation.
- Potential voters were able to vote without intimidation or coercion
- The state prohibited interference with registration, intimidation, or coercion of potential voters
- Intimidation, coercion or violence against politically active women was prohibited in law and in practice.
- Vote counting took place in an environment free of intimidation
- The right to security of the person for all citizens (including EMB personnel) was protected throughout the election period
- Every woman has the right to be free from violence in both the public and private spheres.
- Decisions on the choice of electoral systems are important to overcome the traditional gender bias that undermines women’s participation. Substantive progress towards the equal participation of women as candidates and voters as well as the holding of free and fair elections will not be possible unless a number of appropriate measures are taken, including a gender-responsive electoral system and the adoption of temporary special measures to enhance women’s participation as candidates, ensure a proper voter’s registration system and ensure that women voters and female political candidates are not subject to violence either by State or private actors.
- The Committee recommends that States parties: (f) Adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards all forms of violence that undermine women’s participation, including targeted violence by State and non- State groups against women campaigning for public office or women exercising their right to vote.