Article 71(2) provides that a voter cannot support more than one political party or coalition with the voter’s signature. The signature support process is not an election itself and there does not appear to be a justifiable reason for limiting the right of voters to support the ballot access efforts of more than one political party, coalition, or candidate. A voter should be able to support more than one candidacy with the voter’s signature. In addition, checking whether a voter has given support to more than one contestant would appear to be burdensome, if at all feasible. The Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR recommend that Article 71(2) be amended to remove this restriction on voters.
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