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Parliamentary Assembly Session: 25 to 29 January 2010

Increasing trust and confidence in an electoral system

[27/01/2010]  Increased trust and confidence in an electoral system may greatly contribute to an enhanced interest among citizens in the political process as a whole and, in consequence, to overcoming the feeling of political discontent and disaffection among them, according to the Assembly.

And the Council of Europe, it said, can make a considerable contribution to the achievement of this objective. Following the proposal by the rapporteur (Hendrik Daems, Belgium, ALDE), the parliamentarians proposed that a common understanding be established of the principles which qualify elections as “fair and free” , and that the application of these be ensured in all elections in every Council of Europe state.