Elections at periodic intervals require regular updating or reestablishment of the voter register.
- The voter registration process is best assured by a permanent, well maintained and regularly updated national voter register.
- ...States should take the necessary policy and institutional steps to ensure the progressive achievement and consolidation of democratic goals, including through the establishment of a neutral, impartial or balanced mechanism for the management of elections. In so doing, they should, among other matters: ...Ensure the registration of voters, updating the electoral rolls and balloting procedures, with the assistance of national and international observers as appropriate.
- Fulfillment of the following criteria is essential if electoral registers are to be reliable: ii. there must be regular up-dates, at least once a year. Where voters are not registered automatically, registration must be possible over a relatively long period.
- [E]lectoral registers must be permanent.
- The legal framework should also require that the voters list be systematically updated and corrected in a transparent manner, well in advance of elections, to allow electoral participants and voters the opportunity to review it for accuracy.