Improving legislation to combat the abuse of administrative resources during electoral processes

“Misuse of administrative resources during electoral processes is an infringement of the principle of equal competition between political parties and candidates taking part in elections”, said the participants in a conference held by PACE in London on 9 and 10 November in co-operation with the Venice Commission and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. 

Among the measures to be set up to tackle this problem, the experts and participants proposed to improve the quality of legislation; to ensure that it is applied without fail, particularly by the political parties in power; to set up efficient legal mechanisms to supervise the application of laws; and, lastly, to establish a system of penalties for infringements of the legislation.

The conference was attended by Assembly members who had observed several elections, elected representatives from countries in the good governance partnership, experts from the Venice Commission and the OSCE’s ODIHR and representatives of non-governmental organisations working in the field of elections.