The last petitions with regard to the publication of the lists of candidates for the legislative election of February 9, 2020 were filed at the Constitutional Council on December 11, 2019 in respect of the provisions of Section 129 of the Electoral Code.
The Constitutional Council has a given period to rule on the petitions. Section 131 (1) of the Electoral Code provides that, “In case of objections or petitions relating to the rejection or acceptance of candidacies as well as those relating to the colour, initials or emblem chosen by a candidate, the Constitutional Council, before which the matter is brought, shall rule within no more than 10 days of the filing of the petition.”
Subsection 2 further states that, “In case of a petition relating to the colour, initials or emblem adopted by a candidate, the Constitutional Council shall assign by priority to each candidate their habitual colours, initials or emblem by order of seniority of the political party which put forward the candidate and, as concerns the other cases, according to the date of submission of the candidacy papers, as evidenced by the submission receipt.”
Concerning the ruling, Section 131 (3) of the Electoral Code specifies that, “ any decision following a petition against the rejection or acceptance of a candidacy, as well as that relating to the colour, initials and/or emblem shall be notified forthwith to the Electoral Board and to the political parties concerned.”