Standards and guidelines

International Electoral Standards: Guidelines for Reviewing the Legal Framework of Elections. International IDEA, 2014.  

The book sets out the basic legal components governing elections for the purpose of reviewing, drafting or amending electoral legislation. It aims at promoting uniformity, reliability, consistency, accuracy as well as professionalism in elections. The book covers a wide range of areas including boundary delimitation, electoral management bodies, voter registration, campaign finance and expenditure, balloting, vote counting, complaints and the role of parties and candidates. It goes into significant detail on all of the topics and additionally provides an annex with region-specific international norms and standards.  

Good Practice in the Field of Political Parties. Venice Commission, 2009.  

The Venice Commission’s Good Practice in the Field of Political Parties’ paragraph 41 addresses the abuse of state resources in the following way, “Apart from different forms of funding provided for by the law, any party must refrain from receiving assistance, financial or in kind, from any public authorities, particularly those directed by its members.”  

Compendium International Standards for Elections. European Commission, 2007. 2nd Edition.

This compendium aims to assist EU Election Observation Missions and other interested stakeholders in clearly identifying international standards in assessing the conduct of elections. To facilitate such assessment, a practical guide has been included as an annex.

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