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Electoral regulation

The Commonwealth Charter recognises "the inalienable right of individuals to participate in democratic processes, in particular through free and fair elections in shaping the society in which they live."

A democratic election takes place in an environment where there are multiple political parties, where there is confidence, transparency and accountability in the electoral process, and where voters are free to exercise an informed choice between alternative candidates for office.

Sound legal frameworks for electoral administration underpin democratic institutions and processes, enabling citizen participation and the effective functioning of elected legislatures, in line with the principles of the rule of law and balance of power between the branches of government

Commonwealth model laws