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Sweden - Electoral Law
(Election to the European Parliament : 13 June 2004)

1. LEGAL BASIS
The eloctoral law SFS 2002:68.
2. ELECTORAL SYSTEM
Proportional representation: with a single national constituency. Voters must vote for a political party and may also vote for one of the candidates on the list of the party chosen (preference voting).
Allocation of seats: Modified St. Lag├╝e method. To qualify for the allocation of seats, parties must obtain at least 4% of the total number of votes cast.
Allocation of mandates: Votes for individual candidates can have the effect of overriding the order in which the candidates are placed on their party list. For this to occur, a candidate must obtain at least 5% of the total number of votes cast for his/her party. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes will then be placed first on the list, etc.
3. REGISTRATION OF CANDIDATES
Deadline for registration: The deadline is 11 March 2004.
Deposit: None.

Conditions: No conditions for a party to stand for elections. But to register a party name 1500 signatures are needed. Nominations (i.e. lists of candidates) must be submitted to the competent authority.

Incompatibilities: Those laid down in the Elections Act 2002:68.
4. POLLING DAY : 13 JUNE 2004
Other elections on the same day: No national elections, maybe some local elections.
The count begins at 9pm. Preliminary results: 9pm - 12 midnight.
Polling hours: from 8 am to 9 pm.
The count begins: at 9pm on 13 June.
The count will be completed: on 16 June.
Preliminary results: from 9pm to 12 midnight.
Final results: on 17 June 2004.
5. VOTING / STANDING FOR ELECTION
Right to vote: All EU citizens aged 18 or over who are registered resident in Sweden are entitled to vote. Non-Swedish EU citizens must announce their intention of voting to the tax Council administrative board.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voting at Swedish Post office and voting by mail from abroad is possible.
Right to stand for election: Anyone entitled to vote may stand for election. Some exceptions listed in SFS 2002:68.
6. ELECTION CAMPAIGN
Funding: No specific rules.
Official campaign starting date: None.

Media access: No specific rules.

Opinion polls: No specific rules.