The meetings of election bodies should be open.
- The Parties hereto consider that according to the laws, representatives of mass media and means of telecommunications have the right to: a) attend electoral bodies’ meetings, providing for publicity and openness of their activities.
- Political parties must be equally represented on electoral commissions or must be able to observe the work of the impartial body. Equality may be construed strictly or on a proportional basis (see point I.2.3.b).
- The meetings of the central electoral commission should be open to everyone, including the media (this is another reason why speaking time should be limited). Any computer rooms, telephone links, faxes, scanners, etc. should be open to inspection.
- In the long-standing democracies where there are no electoral commissions but where another impartial body is competent in electoral matters, political parties must be able to observe the work of that body.