Luc van den Brande: 'new technologies must serve democracy'

"New technologies and e-voting must serve democracy. The standards evolved by the Council of Europe, particularly as regards the preservation of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, have become internationally accepted norms which must be applied to e-democracy," Luc van den Brande (Belgium, EPP/CD) pointed out today in Madrid at the Forum for the Future of Democracy. He added: "Likewise, it is our responsibility to keep up European standards for the organisation of democratic elections. Here, the Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters, a fundamental text intended to promote the harmonisation of standards relating to elections, and to serve as a reference for evaluating elections, is a tool that we must take into account."