The relevant articles in the Election Law, regulating the number of signatures needed for candidacy, provide for 5% in some instances and a fixed number in others. Although this issue has been raised previously, none of the amendments addresses signature support for candidates. Consideration should be given to revising the number of support signatures required for candidacy. A commonly accepted maximum is one percent (1%) of the total number of voters in the relevant constituency. It is recommended that the 5% should be reduced to 1% and it should be verified where fixed numbers are used that the fixed number does not exceed 1% of the registered voters.
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