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Italy: Update on Legislative Electoral Reform (Italicum)

(Feb. 7, 2017) On January 25, 2017, the Italian Constitutional Court issued a decision on the constitutionality of amendments to Italicum, the colloquial name given to the electoral reform introduced by Law No. 52 of 2015 on the election of members of the Chamber of Deputies. (Decisione sulla legge elettorale cd.Italicum, Corte Costituzionale website (Jan. […]

Germany: No Prohibition of the National Democratic Party

(Feb. 2, 2017) On January 17, 2017, the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) unanimously rejected the application of the German Bundesrat to ban the National Democratic Party (NPD). The German Bundesrat is the constitutional body through which the German states participate in the legislation and administration of the German Federation.  (BVerfG, Jan. 17, 2017, docket […]

Italy: Constitutional Referendum Scheduled

(Nov. 18, 2016) On December 4, 2016, Italy is scheduled to hold a major constitutional referendum.  (Referendum, si vota il 4 dicembre. Renzi: «La partita è ora» [Referendum, the Vote Takes Place on December 4. Renzi: ‘The Match Is Now’], CORRIERE DELLA SERA (Sept. 26, 2016).)  The proposed amendments would drastically change the nature of […]

Japan: Communist Party Accepts Emperor’s Speech at Opening Ceremony of the Diet as Constitutional

(Jan. 4, 2016) Kazuo Shii, Japan’s Communist Party (JCP) Secretary, met with Tadamori Oshima, Speaker of the House of Representatives, on December 24, 2015, and informed the speaker that JCP members would attend the next opening ceremony of the House. Shii also requested on behalf of the JCP that the ceremony be reformed. (Norihisa Hoshino, […]

Egypt: Court Dismisses Petition to Dissolve Religious Party

(July 8, 2015) On July 5, 2015, the Parties Court, which has recently been formed within the Supreme Administrative Court, dismissed a petition to dissolve the Al Nour Party because of its religious basis. (Mahmoud Mostafa, Court Rejects Al Nour Party’s Dissolution, DAILY NEWS (July 5, 2015).) A petition submitted to the Court by one […]

Italy: Legislative Electoral Reform (Italicum)

(June 4, 2015) On May 23, 2015, new legislation governing the election of members of the Chamber of Deputies entered into effect. (Provisions Concerning the Elections of the Chamber of Deputies, Law No. 52 (May 6, 2015), GAZETTA UFFICIALE [G. U.] No. 105 (May 8, 2015), NORMATTIVA (in Italian).) The Law will apply to national […]

Indonesia: Party Sues Election Commission over Disqualification

(Mar. 21, 2014) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia’s National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) because the KPU had disqualified the party from participating in the legislative election in Pelalawan, in […]

Mexico: Federal Senators Seek Transparency of Allocated Financial Resources

(Feb. 18, 2014) Senators of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional, PRI), National Action Party (Partido Acción Nacional, PAN), Party of the Democratic Revolution (Partido de la Revolución Democrática, PRD), and Ecological Green Party of Mexico (Partido Verde Ecologista de Mexico, PVEM) will propose a new regulation on transparency of the Senate aimed at […]