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The Council for Democratic Elections

The Council for Democratic Elections, created following the resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly calling for the drafting of a Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters, is the only tripartite body of the Council of Europe, comprising members of the Venice Commission, the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. The OSCE/ODIHR regularly participates in its work.

 

After the Code was adopted and endorsed by the Committee of Ministers, the Assembly and the Congress, the Council became permanent. It examines all opinions and documents of a general nature (codes of good practice, guidelines, etc.) in the field of elections and political parties before they are submitted for adoption to the Venice Commission.

 

The aim of the Council for Democratic Elections is to unite in the same body the legal experience of the Venice Commission and the political experience of the Assembly and the Congress. The Council for Democratic Elections (CED) thus promotes common European values, the principles of the European electoral heritage. 


Members of the Council for Democratic Elections (CDE)

Venice Commission

Members

  • Mr Richard BARRETT 
  • Mr Srdjan DARMANOVIC -  Vice-Chair
  • Mr Eirik HOLMØYVIK
  • Mr Pere VILANOVA TRIAS 

 

Substitute Members

  • Mr Oliver KASK 
  • Ms Inga MILAŠIŪTĖ
  • Ms Janine OTÁLORA MALASSIS 
  • Ms Katharina PABEL


Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)

Members

  • Mr Michael Georg LINK, Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy - Vice-Chair
  • Mr Pablo HISPÁN, Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights
  • Ms Laura CASTEL, Monitoring Committee 

Substitute Members

  • Mr Corneliu-Mugurel COZMANCIUC, Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy 
  • Ms Octavie MODERT, Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights
  • Ms Blerina GJYLAMETI, Monitoring Committee


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

Members

  • Mr Stewart DICKSON, Chamber of Regions - Chair
  • 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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