Article 70(5) exempts a candidate proposed by a group of voters from the requirement for supporting signatures in local government elections if the candidate is a mayor of a municipality or a commune. However, the exemption does not extend to a candidate, proposed by a group of voters, who holds a mandate on a local government council. Article 70(6) provides such an exemption to political party candidates. The Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR recommend that the exemption be equally available to a candidate supported by a group of voters who holds a mandate on a local government council.
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