"Two essential elements of the internet are its instantaneity and its interactivity, which significantly affect the time frame established for the realisation of the electoral campaign. It would be interesting to reconsider the concept of soliciting votes, a process which is divided between periods of pre-campaign (or permanent campaign) and campaign. Similarly, the expediency of distinguishing between financing of campaigns and financing of political parties appears questionable."
DocumentCoE (Venice Commission): Principles for a Fundamental Rights-Compliant Use of Digital Technologies in Electoral Processes, para. 35
- Public legislation on disclosure should adopt the following guideline: disclosure provisions should distinguish between routine party finances and electoral finances.
- Regulations should establish a campaign period for the purposes of expenditure.
- Laws should address the applicability of regulations on paid political advertising in traditional media, including rules on placement, financing, and transparency, to such advertising online.