Articles 61 and 67, regulating verification of signatures, permit a small number of invalid signatures to invalidate registration. These articles also provide that a single invalid signature or single signature obtained in a manner contrary to law can result in the cancellation of candidacy. Such provisions serve no legitimate purpose and create the opportunity for disqualification based on political motives. These articles should also be expanded to provide greater details on the verification process, and should clearly state “how” lists are selected for random verification and what quantum of proof is necessary to establish that a signature is invalid. Analysis of recent experience and best practice indicate that a credible process of signature verification would include the verification of all signatures submitted by potential candidates unless the verification has revealed the minimum number of verified signatures required for registration.[14
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