The Venice Commission's Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters: Guidelines and Explanatory Report


Since its ratification in 2003, the Venice Commission’s Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters has been recognized as an international standard for elections-related matters. These guidelines include a section on equal voting power for all voters, which cites the population of electoral districts as an important element in establishing fairness and equality in voting power. The Venice Commission's recommendations specify that apart from rare cases, the extent to which the population of an electoral district deviates from the national average “should not be more than 10%, and should certainly not exceed 15%.”

Source: Venice Commission website

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