Procedures for ballot access must be non-discriminatory.
- In order to give effect to the right to be elected, the procedures for registration of candidacies must be nondiscriminatory and should also be straightforward. The grounds for rejection of a registration application should be based on objective criteria clearly stated in law.
- The legal framework must provide clear guidance for qualifying parties, candidates, referenda and other initiatives for the ballot. The provisions may not be discriminatory, overly burdensome or unduly restrictive, though they should ensure that only qualified parties, candidates and appropriately worded referenda and initiatives appear on the ballot.