"The composition of the central electoral commission is certainly important, but no more so than its mode of operation. The commission’s rules of procedure must be clear, because commission chairpersons have a tendency to let members speak, which the latter are quick to exploit. The rules of procedure should provide for an agenda and a limited amount of speaking time for each member – e.g. a quarter of an hour; otherwise endless discussions are liable to obscure the main business of the day. "
DocumentCoE (Venice Commission): Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters, II.3.1.79 (exp. report)
- Legislation should give clear instructions on the role of the election commission in interpreting and administering the election law.
- The state should establish an independent and impartial election body.
- The election administration body should act in conformity with the law.
- The composition of the election commission can vary, but the principles of independence and impartiality should be upheld.