"The independence of a central election commission is enhanced if it is composed or respected and suitably qualified individuals and nominated by a balance of interests. It should be able to implement the election legislation and regulations without interference, intimidation, or impediments to its duty. The administering body could also be made up of balance of representatives nominated by political parties. The balance of party representatives can serve as a check on potential misadministration or abuse of office, particularly if parties are represented at all levels of the election administration. If political-party nominees constitute election commissions, they should be prohibited from campaigning and should be able to act independently without fear of retribution or recall."
DocumentOSCE (ODIHR): Election Observation Handbook (Fifth Edition), p. 37
- Election management bodies should be impartial and should not discriminate in the performance of their public function.
- Recruitment of election authority staff that is transparent, efficient, and equitable should instill public confidence in the body.
- 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.