‘Citizens must be able to trust those they elect’

Strasbourg, 15.09.2010 – Citizens must be able to trust those they have elected to office, the Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has said in a declaration to mark the third UN International Day of Democracy, celebrated each year on 15 September.

“The people can only place trust in representatives they feel have been properly elected, and those who govern must know that they have duly earned that trust,” said the Bureau, a 35-member body of parliamentarians which prepares the work of the Assembly, in a declaration approved in Rome on 8 September.

The Bureau pointed to three Assembly activities which directly promote democracy: it holds annual debates on the state of democracy in Europe, it observes elections in Council of Europe member states, and it sponsors a Forum which reflects on the future of democracy.

The International Day of Democracy was declared by the UN General Assembly in 2007 and is promoted by the Inter-Parliamentary Union.