The legal framework for elections refers to legislation and pertinent legal and quasi-legal material or documents related to the elections. Specifically, the legal framework includes the applicable constitutional provisions, the electoral law passed by the legislature and all other laws that impact elections. It also includes regulations attached to the electoral law and to other relevant laws promulgated by government. It encompasses relevant directives related to the electoral law and regulations issued by the responsible election management body, as well as related codes of conduct, voluntary or otherwise, which may have a direct or indirect impact on the electoral process.
Since 1987, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems has worked with electoral stakeholders around the world to develop and maintain sound legal frameworks that comport with international standards and best practices.