23 10 hrcd [ 1999 ] MATTHEWS v. the UNITED KINGDOM Right to participate in elections to choose the legislature – violation Protocol No. 1, Article 3 Absence of elections in Gibraltar to the European Parliament denied the applicant any opportunity to express her opinion in the choice of members of the European Parliament, despite the fact that legislation that emanated from the European Community formed part of the legislation in Gibraltar and the applicant was directly affected by it. In a judgment delivered at Strasbourg on 18 February 1999 in the case of Matthews v. the United Kingdom , the European Court of Human Rights held by 15 votes to two that there had been a violation of Article 3 of Protocol No. 1 (right to participate in elections to choose the legislature) to the European Convention on Human Rights. 1. Principal facts The applicant, Ms Denise Matthews, a British citizen, is a resident of Gibraltar. She was born in 1975 . In April 1994 she applied to be registered as a voter in the elections to the European Parliament. She was told that under the terms of the EC Act on Direct Elections of 1976 Gibraltar
Human Rights Case Digest – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1999
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