[E-voting] Association of Central and Eastern European Election Officials: RECOMMENDATION ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF E-VOTING

David GLAUDE dglaude at poureva.be
Wed Oct 26 22:38:49 IST 2005


I found this on a blog (http://reniu.blogspot.com/) dedicated to e-voting:
* http://www.aceeeo.org/conferences/2005/recommendation_evoting_eng.html
(english version reproduced here)

Was it on your radar screen?
What do you think of it?

Association of Central and Eastern European Election Officials

RECOMMENDATION
ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF E-VOTING

(Adopted by the Conference of Global Election Organizations and General
Assembly Meeting of the ACEEEO in Siófok, Hungary on 17 September 2005)

The Conference of Global Election Organizations and General Assembly
Meeting of the Association of Central and Eastern European Election
Officials (ACEEEO), call on their Members to take measures where
appropriate to promote the introduction of e-voting technologies in the
voting process as follows:

1. Members shall establish an international cooperation to create common
perspective and a common vision for the development of e-democracy and
e-voting. This will support sharing of information and, in particular,
enable the setting out of the possible directions, the identification of
best practices and the provision of guidance. The result of the joint
work should be an e-democracy route map which can be utilised by Member
states.
Advantages of this international co-operation:
• greater public confidence in e-voting systems
• greater confidence in e-voting systems among politicians
• enhance interoperability
• speed up the introduction of e-voting
• minimise the cost of the introduction of e-voting

2. It is advised that election authorities develop a national plan for
the modernization of the election process that includes e-voting. Such
plans can be integrated into national strategies on the development of
e-government.

3. The planned e-voting systems should respect the obligations and
commitments of the accepted basic international documents on democratic
elections, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Code
of Good Practice in Electoral Matters, adopted by the Council for
democratic elections of the Council of Europe and the European
Commission for Democracy through Law, the document of the Copenhagen
Meeting of the Conference on the Human Dimension of the OSCE.

4. Before introducing e-voting, according to national requirements,
members should take the necessary steps to create the national
legislative background to enable the introduction of e-voting
technologies in the voting process.

5. Before introducing e-voting the election management bodies should
develop a detailed plan to implement any e-election systems. The plan
should respect the followings:
• Special attention has to be paid to develop public confidence, and the
confidence of political parties.
• It is essential to define and communicate the vision of e-voting. Make
the vision citizen-centered, define priority areas and timing.
• To insure the integrity of any e-voting technology, an adequate
security system should be developed.
• Use a step-by-step introduction of e-voting technologies. It is
recommended that this is done in a progressive manner, to develop the
new system incrementally to meet the arising requirements. In the early
phases of development the new system should be used parallel to the
conventional one.

6. The e-voting system used at political elections or referenda should
comply with the existing internationally accepted standards for e-voting.

7. Members should inform each other about challenges, difficulties and
achievements in order to support the effective and efficient development
of e-voting systems.




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