Compendium of Election Laws, Practices and Cases of Selected Commonwealth Countries

Volume 1, Part 1

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The first volume presents the constitutional provisions and election laws of a number of selected Commonwealth countries in a user-friendly way, aiming to stimulate wider discussions about the available options. In order to make comparative analyses easier, wherever possible each legislative scheme is presented in a common format, highlighting those features which are considered to be a part of the essential framework of that scheme. This compendium is not a mere collection of election laws. The form of the presentation of each legislative scheme (which at times takes account of procedures and practice guidelines) focuses on the organisation and conduct of elections for the National Assembly (by whatever name called in the country concerned). In a few cases presidential elections and elections to the Upper House are presented where the procedures therefore are considered appropriate for noting.




The framework for election law and practice of the 37 Commonwealth countries presented in this compilation offers a useful insight into the democratisation process in the member countries of the association. A number of issues can readily be identified by even a cursory examination of the various election schemes presented herein, some of which are mentioned below in order to stimulate the interest of election officials.


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