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The Council for Democratic Elections

The Council for Democratic elections is in charge of the analysis of draft opinions and studies of the Venice Commission in the electoral field before their submission to the plenary session.

The aim of the Council for Democratic Elections is to ensure co-operation in the electoral field between the Venice Commission as a legal body and the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe as political bodies in charge of election observation, in order to promote the international common values in this field – which can also be defined at regional level as the principles of the European electoral heritage.

The Council for Democratic Elections (CDE) is made up of representatives of the Venice Commission, the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. It has also encouraged the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and also the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
, as well as International IDEA, to join in its work in an observer capacity. The OSCE/ODIHR participates regularly in this work.

 

Members of the Council for Democratic Elections (CDE)

 

Venice Commission

Members

  • Mr Richard BARRETT 
  • Mr Srdjan DARMANOVIC 
  • Mr Ben VERMEULEN 
  • Mr Pere VILANOVA TRIAS 

 

Substitute Members

  • Mr Eirik HOLMØYVIK 
  • Mr Oliver KASK 
  • Ms Janine OTÁLORA MALASSIS 
  • Ms Katharina PABEL


Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)

Members

  • Mr Davor Ivo STIER, Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights 
  • Mr Michael Georg LINK, Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy 
  • Mr Aleksander POCIEJ, Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe  

 

Substitute Members

  • Mr Givi MIKANADZE, Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights 
  • Ms María Valentina MARTINEZ FERRO, Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy 
  • Ms Laura CASTEL, Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe 


Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (CLRAE)

Members

  • Mr Stewart DICKSON, Chamber of Regions - Vice-President 
  • Ms Gunn Marit HELGESEN, Chamber of Regions 

Substitute Members

  • Ms Randi MONDORF, Chamber of Regions 
  • Mr Vladimir PREBILIC, Chamber of Local Authorities 


Observers

  • European Union
    • European Commission 
    • European Parliament
    • Eurepean External Action Service (EEAS)
       
  • Organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE) 
    • Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)
    • Parliamentary Assembly
  • International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)
     
  • International Fondation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

 

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