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1. The Constitution of Finland

  • The Constitution of Finland (731/1999) : Section 14 - Electoral and participatory rights, Section 24 - Composition and term of the Parliament, Section 25 - Parliamentary elections, Section 26 - Extraordinary parliamentary elections, Section 27 - Eligibility and qualifications for the office of Representative, Section 28 - Suspension of the office of a Representative and release or dismissal from office, Section 54 - Election of the President of the Republic, Section 55 - The presidential term

2. Local Government Act

  • The Finnish Local Government Act (365/1995) : Section 9 - Municipal elections, Section 10 - Number of councillors, Section 11 - Deputy councillors, Section 26 - Suffrage and voting rights, Section 30 - Municipal referenda, Section 31 - Referendum proposals

3. Election Act

4. The Act on a Candidate’s Election Funding

5. Act on Political Parties

6. Legislation on referenda

  • Act on the procedure for holding consultative referenda (57/1987) (not available in English)
  • Act on the procedure for holding municipal consultative referenda (656/1990) (not available in English)

7. EU legislation on elections and political parties

  • EC Treaty (Treaty of Rome): Article 190 (European Parliament elections), Article 191 (Political parties at European level)
  • Act concerning the election of the representatives of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage, annexed to Decision 76/787/ECSC, EEC, Euratom
  • Council Directive 93/109/EC laying down detailed arrangements for the exercise of the right to vote and stand as a candidate in elections to the European Parliament for citizens of the Union residing in a Member State of which they are not nationals. Amended by: Council Directive 2013/1/EU
  • Council Directive 94/80/EC laying down detailed arrangements for the exercise of the right to vote and to stand as a candidate in municipal elections by citizens of the Union residing in a Member State of which they are not nationals
  • Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding. Amended by: Regulation (EC) No 1524/2007 .
 
Published 23.10.2015