16th June 2011 (Thursday) Venue: Hungarian Telekom Tölösi Conference Centre (TKK)

9.00 – 12.00 Registration of participants at Telekom Tölösi Conference Centre (TKK)

10.30 – 12.30 Official opening of the 20th anniversary conference of the ACEEEO

Chair: Mrs. Emilia Rytko, President, ACEEEO, Secretary General of the Foundation for Election

Mr. William Hybl, Chairman, United States Advisory Commission on Public DiplomacyMr. Kazimierz Czaplicki, Secretary, National Electoral Commission, PolandMr. Richard Soudriette, President, Center for Diplomacy and DemocracyDr. Zoltán Tóth, Secretary General, ACEEEO

Greetings by representatives of International Organizations

Ambassador Janez Lenarcic, Director, ODIHR
Mr. Andrew Bradley, Acting Secretary General, Director, Global Progammes, International IDEA
Mr. Leonardo Valdes, President, IFE, MexicoGreetings of Mr. Mihail J. Krotov, Secretary General, Council of the Interparliamentary Assambly of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

Official opening of the Elections Technology and Suppliers Exhibition

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch in honor of the honorary members of the ACEEEO

14.30 – 16.00 Plenary I. – Independence of election management bodies: introductory presentations

Chair: Mr. Csaba Tiberiu Kovacs, Secretary General, Permanent Electoral Authority, Romania

Dr. Istvan Stumpf, Constitutional Judge, Constitutional Court of Hungary - Institutional guarantees of elections — from the aspect of the Constitutional CourtMr. William Sweeney, President/CEO, IFES - The Importance of Strategic Planning and Leadership in Promoting Effective and Independent Election ManagementMr. V. Vavilov, Vice-chairman, CEC Russian Federation - Principle of Independence of Election Commissions in the Russian Federation: Legislation and PracticeMr. Tadjoudine Ali-Diabacte, Deputy Director, UN Department of Political Affairs - What’s in a name: does calling an EMB independent make it so?Mr. Paul deGregorio, Director of Elections, Everyone Counts - Enhancing election accessibility with remote e-voting: New South Wales State Elections 2011

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break 

16.30 – 18.00 Plenary II. – Independence of election management bodies: introductory presentations

Chair: Mr. V. Vavilov, Deputy Chairman, CEC Russian Federation 

Mr. Michael Pinto-Duschinskiy, Political Scientist - Do elections matter?
Mr. György Szoboszlai, Member, Political Science Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences - Sensitive issues of electoral procedure with regard to legality
Ms. Aleida Ferreyra, Electoral Policy Specialis, UNDP - Strengthening Electoral Administration: UNDP Electoral SupportMr. Jean-Pierre Kingsley, International Consultant - The future for Electoral Management Bodies
Mr. Edgard Fino, Sales Operations Director, Smartmatic

18.45 Meeting in the Hotel Lobby

19.30 Official Opening Reception - Boat trip on the Danube