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10th European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies

26/06/2013 - 27/06/2013

Chisinau - The tenth Conference of the Electoral Management Bodies, jointly organised with the Central Election Commission of Moldova, started on 26 June 2013.

At the opening of the Conference, President of the Republic of Moldova Timofti encouraged the strengthening of independent and efficient electoral management bodies as a key-factor to democratic elections. He also praised the co-operation with the Venice Commission in the electoral field as well as in other fields of reforms.

Opening remarks were also delivered by the Minister of Justice Oleg Efrim, who also underlined this fruitful co-operation with the Venice Commission, notably in the context of the reform of the legislation dealing with financing of political parties and electoral campaigns. The President of the Constitutional Court Alexandru Tănase, the Polish Ambassador to the Council of Europe Urszula Gacek as well as the President of the Constitutional Court of Hungary, member of the Venice Commission Péter Paczolay recalled the prominence of the Europe's Electoral Heritage as the pilars and pre-conditions for free and fair elections.

More than 100 participants, representatives of 26 countries have joined the event. Also represented are the European Union, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), International IDEA, companies and international NGOs active in the electoral field.

European and domestic case-law with respect to Article 3 of Protocol 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the funding of electoral campaigns and political parties and the improvement of the functioning of electoral management bodies to increase public confidence are the main issues to be addressed during the conference.

The EMB Conference is taking place at the Leogrand Convention Center in Chisinau, Moldova, till 27 June 2013.
For more information: Mr Corneliu Pasat (corneliu.pasat@cec.md, +373 (79) 503 529) and Mr Gaël Martin-Micallef (gael.martin-micallef@coe.int, +33 665 456 419).
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