Requirements for the naming of candidates

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Agreements of 5 May 1987, 30 May 1994, 8 October 1998 and 20 January 2000:

“political parties and federations may only use the name entered in the Register of Political Parties”

Agreements of 11 September 1991 and 15 March 1996:

“the Register of Political Parties is to be followed in the matter of symbols of political entities”

Agreements of 25 May and 6 June 1977, 8 May 1978, 5 February 1979, 27 September 1982, 5 May 1987, 14 May 1989, 11 March 1991, 10 February 1992, 5 May 1993, 7 and 17 April 1995, 4 February, 20 April and 3, 13 and 24 May 1999:

“no symbols or emblems other than those registered by each political entity in the Register may be used…, and the provisions of general legislation on the use of other symbols during the election campaign must be complied with. The electoral regulations do not in any case consider the existence of special denominations or symbols for the electoral process”

Agreements of 6 June 1977, 17 January and 21 February 1979, 11 May 1987:

“no other name may be used than the one entered in the register referred to above. Nor can it be abridged or any addition made to it that does not appear therein”.

Ruling of the Constitutional Court 69/1986, 28 May.

The requirement that the written presentation of each candidacy clearly expresses the name, acronym and symbol of the Party, Federation, Coalition or Grouping that promotes it “cannot be defrauded, altering the full name of the Party by the acronym that is intended to correspond to it, as this is at the service of a clear and distinct identification of the person presenting the candidacy so that the political will that the votes express corresponds, as closely as possible, to the real entity of the person who collects them, throughout the electoral campaign”.

… “the identification of these terms as a party candidacy is neither available nor can it be altered by the simple argument that a name other than the one registered at the time is also suitable in the opinion of its promoters. It is not necessary to recall that the name may be changed by the party in accordance with the provisions of its statutes, but as long as such a change does not take place - and the certification of the Registry does not reflect this in this case - the name of the candidacy will only be that of the Party”.

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