What is the ACEEEO?
The Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO) has been promoting the institutionalization and professionalization of democratic procedures in the regions, as a non-profit, regional organization, which is independent from political parties and governments with a legal standing based on international law.
In 1991, senior election officials, government and civic education leaders, and academics gathered in Budapest, Hungary for the Central European Electoral Systems Symposium. This historic meeting led to the founding of the Association of Central and Eastern European Election Officials. The ACEEEO has met nearly every year since its inception to address current theoretical and practical issues related to elections in the region. Annual conferences focus on a wide variety of themes including transparency of elections, media & elections, electoral technology, campaign finance reform, citizens' participation in the process. These meetings are important for election professionals who are faced with managing, administering, and mediating electoral events in challenging circumstances.
In past years, we expanded our programming to better support our own members as well as others in the region facing similar issues. We now employs decade and a half of experience to conduct targeted professional development seminars and training, organize election observation missions, and collect election-related materials. We also maintain a Documentation Centre with information on election law and administration, voter education, election results, and other useful topics.
When the ACEEEO was established our region was on its way towards democracy. On the basis of 15 years-of experience, in 2006 we considered that it is time to become an Association of Election Officials without any regional limitation and to open new perspectives in the inter-regional co-operation of electoral experts. On our 15th Jubilee Annual Conference in 2006, in Jurmala (Latvia) we adopted our new strategy and new name. As the Association of European Election Officials, we have been determined to make new efforts to widen the scope of our cooperation with election stakeholders.
The ACEEEO membership is open to electoral management bodies as institutions, individual experts and election professionals, and organizations supporting the electoral process. Currently, 23 EMBs, state-level associations of election officials, and one international non-profit organization have signed the Charter. The Association has the following organs: General Assembly, the Executive Board, the Secretariat and the Advisory Board under the Secretary General’s direction.