"The Court has emphasised that it is important for the authorities in charge of electoral administration to function in a transparent manner and to maintain impartiality and independence from political manipulation (see The Georgian Labour Party v. Georgia, no. 9103/04, § 101, 8 July 2008), that the proceedings conducted by them be accompanied by minimum safeguards against arbitrariness and that their decisions are sufficiently reasoned (see, mutatis mutandis, Namat Aliyev, cited above, §§ 81-90, and Kovach, cited above, §§ 59-60). "
DocumentCoE (ECHR): Case of Kerimli and Alibeyli v. Azerbaijan, para. 37
- The election management process should be transparent.
- 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.
- The composition of the election commission can vary, but the principles of independence and impartiality should be upheld.