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(p. 596) 22. The Right to Free Elections 

(p. 596) 22. The Right to Free Elections
(p. 596) 22. The Right to Free Elections

Bernadette Rainey

, Elizabeth Wicks

, and Andclare Ovey

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date: 10 August 2020

This chapter examines the protection of the right to free elections in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). It discusses the provisions of Article 3 of Protocol 1 and highlights the increasing number of complaints of violations of this Article, which indicates that the Strasbourg Court is giving fresh emphasis to this provision as essential to the foundations of democratic legitimacy of the State. The chapter also discusses case-law on the nature of the legislature, electoral systems, the right to vote, and the right to stand for election.

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