Report on the voter registration related issues on the Venice Commission 6th EMB-Conference and the Joint EC-UNDP-IDEA Thematic Workshop

The Hague-Brussels, the Netherlands - Belgium
30 November - 2 December 2009

1.      Introduction

2.      Thematic concerns

3.      Professional meetings



1.       Introduction


The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe organises on regular basis professional thematic conferences for European Election Management Bodies. In November/December 2009, the 6th EMB-conference was held in The Hague in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and The Electoral Council of the Netherlands with the topic: “Enhancing participation in elections”. UNDP, the European Commission and International IDEA organised a Thematic Workshop on the use of ICT in Electoral Processes in December 2009 in Brussels. Both professional events offered outstanding opportunities to discuss thematic concerns of Voter Registration and to establish useful professional contacts for the further development of the project.


2.      Thematic concerns

Disenfranchisement of voters was one of the main topics of the 6th EMB Conference, which has an important Voter registration aspect. The registration of disenfranchised voters was discussed in the thematic workshop with useful suggestions to the ACEEEO project.

The Thematic Workshop on the use of ICT in Electoral Processes discussed several aspects of ICT-supported voter registration, including  ICTs use in Civil and Voter Registration, especially focusing on the sustainability and effective use of biometrics-recognition systems in the voter registration activities, possible synergies between civil registration and voter registration, census and other statistical services.


3.      Professional meetings

Mr. Grigorii V. Golosov, professor of the Department of Political Science and Sociology at the European University at St. Petersburg agreed to cooperate with ACEEEO’s voter registration project by analysing the Russian voter registration system. Mr. Arben Ristani, Chairman of the Albanian Central Election Commission and Mr. Kudaibergen Bazarbaevich Bazarbaev, Director of Staff of the Kyrgyz Central Commission for Election and Referenda promised closer cooperation with ACEEEO’s voter registration project.

Mr. Peter Wolf, ICT Expert of International IDEA supported the idea of organising a special panel on Voter registration at the GEO-conference which will take place in 2010. Mr. David Leclerq, Finance Director of the European Partnership for Democracy offered EPD’s co-operation on the development of voter registration systems in countries of mutual interest, like Moldova or Armenia. Mr. Iurie Ciocan, Secretary of the Moldovan Central Election Commission promised closer co-operation on the Moldovan voter registration case study and on the preparation of the project’s Partners’ Meeting in Chisinau, in April 2010.

Brussels, December 2009