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„Prawnoczłowiecze” spojrzenie na czynne prawo wyborcze
Human right dimension of the right to vote

Author(s): Anna Frydrych-Depka
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, Public Law, Electoral systems
Published by: Łódzkie Towarzystwo Naukowe
Keywords: right to vote; disenfranchisement of persons being incapacitated; prisoners voting rights; human rights; voting, electoral code

Summary/Abstract: The article discusses the issue of the right to vote as a basic political right expressed in rules and standards of international law. Right to vote as a crucial human right has been presented based on two examples, showing lack of or problematic compliance of Polish electoral law with international human rights law. As first is analyzed the question of disenfranchisement of persons being incapacitated – this is the most important dilemma for the domestic legislator. The second – implementation of the voting rights of persons held imprisonment – is more practical. For it is not enough to grant voting rights in the legal acts eg. in the constitution. It is essential to build the necessary guarantees, which allows to use it by all eligible voters. Only then we can say that right to cast a vote has an actual “human right” dimension.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 21
  • Page Range: 33-53
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Polish