"An electoral commission’s role lies at the heart of the concept of transparency in election organization. It is this body which often has the responsibility for the organization, superintendence and control of elections. It is thus uniquely placed to develop through its practices and procedures a culture of openness, transparency and consultation that can—and should—infuse the whole electoral process. All aspects of the electoral commission’ establishment, composition, status and functions are relevant to the matter of the transparency of the election processes."
Commonwealth Secretariat: Dimensions of Free and Fair Elections: Frameworks, Integrity, Transparency, Attributes, Monitoring, p. 38