The timeline for filing complaints arising from the voter registration period may be limited directly before the election to allow for the finalization of voter registers.
- The electoral law should set out an exclusive venue for filing complaints and appeals regarding the accuracy of the voter register or, where applicable, the electoral cards. The complaints procedure should be designed so that courts are not unnecessarily burdened with minor disputes.
- Requests for changes, entries, and deletions in the voter registers should not be limited to a time period just before a given election, except where necessary to finalize registers prior to an election.
- The law should not permit the accuracy of the voter register to be challenged right up to the eve of an election. This would ensure that electoral bodies and the judiciary are not diverted from urgent complaints and appeals related to voting and counting process and drawn into resolving disputes that could have been addressed earlier.