Electoral processes involving technologies should meet the same requirements of universality, equality, integrity, transparency, and accountability as traditional voting.
- Candidates and their representatives, as well as observers, were able to observe polling and counting
- The vote-counting process was transparent and observable
- Voting operations facilitated broad participation
- Voters were able to verify their choice on their ballot and could alter their choice before casting their ballot
- Electronic voting technologies operated correctly, and their functioning was ensured by the state through an independent body
- Voting technologies were usable by voters and secure from interference
- Electronic technologies must function in a manner compatible with the principles enshrined in OSCE commitments and other international standards for democratic elections, and offer the same guarantees for transparency, accountability and public confidence as traditional voting methods.
- NVT systems are intended to fulfil the same functions as paper-based or mechanical systems and must, therefore, meet the same standards that apply to these systems.
- While this requirement has broader ramifications, one of the aspects of the principle of equality is that no voter will be able to cast more votes than another, nor will citizens be prevented from participating in voting. This means that NVT systems must prevent any person from casting more votes than is established by law and must prevent any votes from being subtracted from the system. (...) At the same time, the principle of equality means that voting should be accessible to all voters, especially for voters living within the country.