Requirements for legal recognition should be clearly specified and realistic.
- The Committee observes that the right to freedom of association relates not only to the right to form an association, but also guarantees the right of such an association freely to carry out its statutory activities. The protection afforded by article 22 extends to all activities of an association, and the denial of state registration of an association must satisfy the requirements of paragraph 2 of that provision.
- Deadlines for the registering authority to approve or reject political party applications for legal recognition and party and candidate ballot qualification requests should be clearly specified.
- Ballot qualification provisions often include submission of a specified number of signatures. The requirements must be realistic given the timeframe for collecting signatures and national conditions.