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The EML standard

Paragraph 67 of Appendix III of Recommendation Rec(2004)11 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on legal, operational and technical standards for e-voting, states that the EML standard and supporting documentation are available on the Council of Europe website.

The following link to the OASIS Election and Voter Services Technical Committee document repository gives access to OASIS EML v4.0 (EML v4.0.zip) i.e the latest available version of EML.


The files are compressed in a zip file. There are two PDF files (EML v4.0 process and data requirements, EML v4.0 schema descriptions) and one Excel file (EML v4.0 data dictionary). The technical files contain the XML schemas and these are the ones that need to be used to implement EML. They can be read by any EML editor such as XMLspy (as stated in the main pdf file).

Document Description
This document contains a high-level overview of the processes within an e-voting system and the data requirements of the flows between those processes. It also addresses security issuces relating to the exchange of data, and provides a glossary of terms to ensure full understanding by readers of the document. The approved schemes and schema descriptions are also provided.