18th European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies
"Lessons learned from the impact of the COVID-19 health crisis on electoral processes"
Online event, Friday, 29 October 2021
10.00-16.30 Strasbourg/Paris time (check your time zone here)
09.30 - 10.00 – Time allowed to access the KUDO platform
(The link to the meeting will be provided in due course)
10.00 - 10.20 – Opening session (Slide)
10.20-11.30 – First session: What regulatory and practical solutions have the electoral administrations found to ensure the security of electoral processes during an emergency period? (Slide)
▷ What regulatory framework did electoral administrations have in place to ensure the security of electoral processes?
▷ What practical framework do electoral administrations have in place to ensure the safety of voters and election staff?
Main regulatory solutions for the elections during an emergency period, Oliver Kask, Judge, Chairperson of the National Election Committee of Estonia, Member of the Venice Commission and Chair of the Council for Democratic Elections (speech)
What Regulatory and practical solutions have the electoral administrations found to ensure the security of electoral processes during an emergency period, Giorgi Kalandarishvili, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of Georgia (presentation)
11.30-11.40 – Break
11.40-12.30 – Second session: What role did the electoral administrations play in ensuring a good voter turnout, especially of women and vulnerable groups? (Slide)
▷ What measures have electoral administrations put in place to maintain or increase voter turnout, especially for women and vulnerable groups?
▷ What is the feedback from electoral administrations that have organised polls with alternative voting modalities?
Inclusion and meaningful political participation during COVID-19, Virginia Atkinson, Senior Global Advisor, Inclusion at The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) (speech)
The conduct of electoral operations in Algeria in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and measures the taken in favour of women and vulnerable groups, Kamel Fenniche, President of the Constitutional Council of Algeria (speech)
12.30 - 14.00 – Lunch
14.00-15.45 – Third session: What role did the electoral administrations play in ensuring the transparency of the electoral processes during emergency periods and based on the allocated resources? (Slide)
▷ What innovative solutions have electoral administrations and observer organisations found to ensure the continuity of the observation exercise during a health crisis, including the observation of different forms of remote voting?
▷ What solutions have electoral administrations found to ensure transparency and fairness in electoral campaigns, including in the media (advertising, debates), during emergency periods?
▷ Have the electoral administrations been adequately equipped to deal with the health crisis and conduct elections with all the required democratic guarantees?
Session moderated by Staffan Darnolf, Senior Global Electoral Operations & Administration Advisor at The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) (speech)
(A 15 minute break is foreseen to be taken at an opportune moment)
Election Observation and COVID, How Election Management Bodies and Observer Organizations Have Worked Together To Ensure the Continuation of Election Observation During the Pandemic, Meaghan Fitzgerald, Head of the Elections Department of the OSCE/ODIHR
Election observation during emergency situations: principles to be followed, Chemavon Chahbazian, Head of the Election Observation and Interparliamentary Co-operation Division, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (speech)
The activities of the election administration bodies of the IPA CIS Member States to create conditions aimed at preventing the incidence of Covid-19 during the election campaign, Ivan Mushket, Deputy Head of the Secretariat of the IPA CIS Council – Director of the IIMDD (speech)
15.45-16.00 – Break
16.00-16.30 – Closing session: Discussion on and adoption of the conclusions of the 18th European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies (Slide)
Discussion and adoption