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Portugal, LEI ELEITORAL da ASSEMBLEIA DA REPÚBLICA (14/79 of 16 May 1979, last amended in 2020), [Portuguese], accessed 28 January 2022

Portugal, Law on the National Election Commission (Law No. 71/78), [ in Portuguese ], accessed 31 January 2022

Article 1.Definition and functions

1 – The National Elections Commission is created.

2 – The National Elections Commission is an independent body and works with the Assembly of the Republic.

3 – The National Commission of Elections exercises its competence in relation to all acts of registration and elections for the organs of sovereignty, of the autonomous regions and of the local power.

OSCE/ODIHR, Portugal Parliamentary Elections 30 January 2022, Needs Assessment Mission Report, 22-26 November 2021, accessed 11 January 2022

“The elections are administered by a number of institutions on the central, district and local levels of public administration and by a three-tiered structure of election commissions: the NEC, 22 Tabulation Centre Commissions (TCCs) and some 14,000 Polling Station Commissions (PSCs). In addition, the General Secretariat of the Ministry of Internal Administration (MoI) along with regional and local government structures (including 308 municipal authorities and some 3,000 parishes), are in charge of the logistical and administrative preparations for elections.”

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