41. Article 81 creates an exception to the 5 per cent threshold for “political parties of ethnic minorities and coalitions of political parties of ethnic minorities”. These political parties and coalitions participate in mandate allocation even if they receive less than 5 per cent of the votes. However, the law does not include a definition of “political party of ethnic minority”. Such a definition is necessary in order to determine which political parties and coalitions under the 5 per cent threshold are entitled to participate in the allocation of mandates. The OSCE/ODIHR and the Venice Commission recommend that Article 81 be amended to include such a definition.
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