It seems therefore that the GR-J will likely in the course of the month October consider a substantive reply to the recommendation, notably indicating whether or not it deems it appropriate to pursue the suggestion of the Parliamentary Assembly to draw up a recommendation to member states. In this context the CDLR would take the opportunity to recall that it was at the origin of the existing Committee of Ministers’ Recommendation (96) 2 on referendums and popular initiatives at local level and that, as a consequence, it would hope to be associated with any work that the Ministers’ Deputies might decide to undertake in respect of a new recommendation on referendums. Furthermore, the Deputies have already agreed in response to a specific request from the CDLR, to involve it “in any further work that may be carried out concerning information and communication technologies, good governance and democracy as well as relating to elections in general and portal voting in particular”.ii In the opinion of the Bureau, any work possibly undertaken in the field of referendums fits into the broad agenda of governance and democracy, as well as to elections referred to above.

1 Document CDL-INF(2001)010.

2 Declaration by the Committee of Ministers on the Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters adopted on 13 May 2004 at its 114th Session.

3 “The authorities must provide objective information. This implies that the text submitted to referendum and an explanatory report should be made available to electors sufficiently in advance, as follows:

4 “Public radio and television broadcasts on the electoral campaign must allocate equal amounts of time to programmes which support or oppose the proposal being voted on.