By Juliet Lodge (eds.)
The 2004 election of the ecu Parliament marks anything of a defining aspect within the background of eu integration. The 2004 elections appeared at the same time mundane and an authorized characteristic of a sui generis process, now accredited as a polity in its personal correct, sector of a century in the past had noticeable politicians fiercely disputing the knowledge and desirability of the folk at once electing a ecu Parliament at all.
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EU citizens must be registered as resident for more than 45 days. Age = 18. Any Danish/EU citizen in full possession of right to stand as candidate entitled to stand. EU citizens must enjoy right to stand in member state of origin. Age = 21. Every Estonian & EU citizen with right to vote able to stand. Members of defence forces no right to stand. Age = 18. All Finnish & EU citizens having right to vote may stand for election. Age = 23. All French & EU citizens who are domiciled or long-term resident able to stand.
Every Slovak/EU citizen domiciled in Slovakia entitled to vote. Slovenia Age = 18. All Slovenians & EU citizens with permanent resident in Slovenia able to vote. Must not be suffering from mental disorder. Spain Age = 18. All Spanish & other EU citizens entitled to vote. EU citizens must be fully entitled to vote in member state of origin. Spanish nationals abroad able to vote by post. Sweden Age = 18. All Swedish & EU citizens registered resident in Sweden entitled to vote. Postal voting from abroad allowed.
Seventeen member states allowed preference voting for one or more individual candidates whilst the remaining eight limited individual choice by favouring predetermined party lists of candidates. Of the 17, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg and Malta had open lists, whereas Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden drew up ordered lists. 1, 18 member states designated a single national constituency covering their entire territory.