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Guidelines to Assist National Minority Participation in the Electoral Process


The OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) commissioned a group of internationally recognized experts to elaborate Recommendations on the Effective Participation of National Minorities in Public Life (called the “Lund Recommendations”).

Support for the Lund Recommendations, as a valuable reference,
has been expressed within the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

and expressly endorsed by the HCNM. In order to give better effect to those Recommendations, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) proposed that practical guidelines be developed in respect of the four recommendations concerning elections.

The objectives of the guidelines are:

To make effective the participation of national minorities in public decision-making bodies by means of enhanced representation;

To inform all stakeholders of:
– The options open to a state in giving effect to the Recommendations;
– The advantages and disadvantages of the different options;
– To provide advice on constitutional, legislative and institutional means to realize those options;

To assist the OSCE participating States and the ODIHR in ensuring coherence of application in the practice of states of the standards upon which the Lund Recommendations were developed.