ALDA at the presentation of the Handbook on Election Reporting by the Council of Europe
ALDA furthers its cooperation with the Council of Europe by attending, among national NGOs responsible for domestic observation of elections and representatives of Electoral Training Centers in EAP countries, a seminar in Vilnius on 14 November 2013, to endorse the Council of Europe handbook on election reporting.
The handbook, drafted in the framework of the Joint Programme Council of Europe Facility - thematic project on “Support free and fair elections in the EAP countries”, is a response to the request made by domestic election observers for a “tool-kit” on election reporting. The aim of the handbook is to give guidance to domestic observer groups on the drafting, structure and language of the observation report. The document also refers to different techniques for information’s gathering and for the assessment of compliance of elections with domestic legislation and international standards. The event will be preceded by the establishment of a network of Civil Society Organisations. The network, supported by the Council of Europe secretariat, will inter alia be a platform for peer-to-peer training and exchange of experiences at regional level among domestic observers. The activity is organised with the support of the European Humanities University.
ALDA is particularly interested in promoting the handbook in the EaP countries where the Local Democracy Agencies are established - Georgia, Armenia and soon Ukraine, which could be interested in working on local elections observations. Biljana Zasova, Senior Programmes Coordinator, attended and represented ALDA.