The General Assembly of the Association of Central and Eastern European Election Officials (ACEEEO)

Being aware that the Information and Communication Technology is one of the most potent forces in shaping the twenty-first century,

Conscious that democracy is becoming increasingly affected by new technologies,

Considering that e-technologies are gaining ground in all aspects of public services, thus e-voting will continue to become an essential tool for election administration,

Bearing in mind that e-election system procedures must safeguard the fundamental human rights and constitutional principles associated with the voting process,

1.      In the modernization process of governments utilization of new and innovative technologies should be encouraged. Governments’ commitment is necessary in this direction.

2.      It is necessary to use computer technology in all segments of an election system. This is considered as the development of e-election. E-voting is an important part of e-election, and can be carried out when all the other segments of the election system are already computerized.

3.      Election management bodies should develop detailed plans to implement any e-election systems. Information technology used for e-voting purposes should be introduced gradually, thus gaining the confidence of both election officials and voters. It is advisable to start with pilot projects and extend the system thereafter. The advised sequence of introducing e-voting technologies is to start at the most controlled environment (polling stations) and move to remote voting afterwards.

4.      When considering an e-voting system it is necessary to comply with the legal, operational and technical standards for e-voting prepared by the Council of Europe and planned to be adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in 2004. The considered e-voting system need to be adequately legitimized by the electoral law and precise by-laws thereto at the national level.

5.    The e-election development should be completed within 5 to 10 years depending on the member country’s specific system of election and infrastructure.

Adopted by the General Assembly of the ACEEEO at its 12th anniversary conference in London, England on 25 October 2003.