"As a corollary to the above principle, and recalling that the rights guaranteed by Article 3 of Protocol No. 1 are crucial to establishing and preserving the foundations of a meaningful democracy (see Mathieu-Mohin and Clerfayt v. Belgium, 2 March 1987, § 47, Series A no. 113), the Court finds it particularly important for an agency in charge of electoral administration to function in a transparent manner and to maintain impartiality and independence from political manipulation. "
DocumentCoE (ECHR): Case of Georgian Labour Party v. Georgia, para. 101
- The election management process should be transparent.
- The state should establish an independent and impartial election body.
- The rights to vote and to be elected are crucial to establishing and maintaining democracy governed by the rule of law.
- The composition of the election commission can vary, but the principles of independence and impartiality should be upheld.