The EU charter provides that every EU citizen has the right to vote and to stand as a candidate at elections to the European Parliament and municipal elections in the member state in which he or she resides, under the same conditions as nationals of that state1. Members of the European Parliament are to be elected by universal suffrage in a free and secret ballot2.
The Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union requires the European Parliament to draw up a proposal to lay down the provisions necessary for the election of its members by direct universal suffrage in
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