Liberal Party and Others v. United Kingdom 4 EHRR 106 1980: Fairness of electoral system

European Commission of Human Rights: Electoral system: secret ballot ensuring free expression of opinion of the people in the choice of a legislature (art 3, first protocol). Enjoyment of rights and freedoms without discrimination (art 14): Art 14 read with Art 3 does not require an electoral system to afford equal voting influence for all voters. The disadvantages incurred by small parties under the simple majority system of election do not prevent that system’s ensuring the free expression of the opinion of the people in the choice of a legislature.

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