The European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) is pursuing its work on the draft Guidelines on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the electoral process. The CDDG’s working group on democracy and technology (GT-DT) met on 24 September for the last time to finalise the draft.
The draft Guidelines aim at ensuring the integrity of the electoral process and therefore enhancing citizens’ trust in democracy. They propose a set of requirements and safeguards to be introduced in the legislation of the Council of Europe member States to address the use of ICT in the different stages of the electoral process. The draft Guidelines cover the use of ICT solutions by, or on behalf of the relevant electoral authorities, in all the stages of the electoral process, except e-voting and e-counting which are covered by the Recommendation (2017)5 on standards for e-voting.
CDDG is expected to proceed with the final adoption of the draft Guidelines at its 14th plenary meeting on 29-30 November 2021.