The election administration body should act in conformity with the law.
- Everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to the lawful exercise of his or her occupation or profession. Everyone who, as a result of his or her profession, can affect the human dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms of others should respect those rights and freedoms and comply with relevant national and international standards of occupational and professional conduct or ethics.
- An election administration should…(i) Comply with the laws of the country. (ii) Ensure, within the legal framework of the country, that the laws relating to elections are fully implemented in an impartial and equitable fashion. (iii) Ensure, within the legal framework of the country, that every party, candidates, voter and other participant in the election process is treated in a way that is fair and just, considering all the circumstances.
- The composition of the central electoral commission is certainly important, but no more so than its mode of operation. The commission’s rules of procedure must be clear, because commission chairpersons have a tendency to let members speak, which the latter are quick to exploit. The rules of procedure should provide for an agenda and a limited amount of speaking time for each member – e.g. a quarter of an hour; otherwise endless discussions are liable to obscure the main business of the day.
- Practical organization and information of the electorate: ...to liaise closely with the officials who are running the election in order to be satisfied that all stages of the election campaign, the poll and the count are conducted in accordance with the election law.