"[States should] ensure transparency of the electoral process, particularly in: 8.2.1. the organisation of elections: they should be organised by independent and impartial bodies, which should lead to the general introduction of central electoral commissions, ensuring that adequate resources are made available for the effective registration of voters and efficient organisation of the ballot. "
DocumentCoE (Parliamentary Assembly): Resolution 1897 (2012): Ensuring Greater Democracy in Elections, para. 8.2-8.2.1
- 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 impartiality of election management bodies should be ensured at all levels, from the national commission to the polling station.
- Sufficient funding and resources should be provided for the conduct of the electoral process, free from interference from any other electoral stakeholders.
- The composition of the election commission can vary, but the principles of independence and impartiality should be upheld.