"In order for the body which is responsible for the governance and control of an electoral system to play its rightful role in nurturing the integrity of the election process, it must not only be independent of government control, it must be perceived to be so by the general public and the political parties."
DocumentCommonwealth Secretariat: Dimensions of Free and Fair Elections: Frameworks, Integrity, Transparency, Attributes, Monitoring, p. 18
- Election management bodies should be impartial and should not discriminate in the performance of their public function.
- The state should establish an independent and impartial election body.
- The composition of the election commission can vary, but the principles of independence and impartiality should be upheld.