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Association of Central and Eastern European Election Officials

The Association of European Election Officials or ACEEEO was[1] an organization of election management bodies founded in 1991 to promote the institutionalization and professionalization of democratic procedures in Europe.[2] The organization held annual conferences to discuss theoretical and practical issues important to its members.[2] It dissolved on 11 March 2022 in response to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.[1]

History

ACEEEO was founded in reaction to a conference hosted by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).[3] The organization functioned as an entity separate from IFES since.

The ACEEEO held its 21st annual conference in September 2012, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mission

According to the association's website, its mission was "to provide a non-partisan forum, independent of national governments, for the exchange of information among election officials and experts throughout the region covered by the Association to discuss and act upon ways to promote open and transparent elections with the objective of supporting good governance and democracy."[4]

Additionally, there were 6 objectives which ACEEEO put forward:[4]

  • Promotion of open and transparent elections throughout an exchange of experiences and information relating to election law and procedure, technology, administrative practice, voter education;
  • Promotion of the training and further education of election officials and international observers;
  • Promotion of the principle of independent and impartial election authorities and administrators;
  • Development of professional election officials with high integrity, strong sense of public service, knowledge of electoral practice, and commitment to democratic elections;
  • Promotion of the principle of participation in electoral processes by citizens, political contestants, and non-partisan civic organizations; and
  • Development of resources for election-related information and research

Member countries

As of 2009, the election commissions of the following countries were members of ACEEEO:[5]

On 7 March 2022, Croatia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovenia left the ACEEEO. Next day, 8 March, Ukraine left the ACEEEO.[6] On 11 March 2022, the General Assembly of the ACEEEO decided to dissolve the Association.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b "ACEEEO dissolved | ASSOCIATION OF EUROPEAN ELECTION OFFICIALS". aceeeo.org. Retrieved 2022-06-10.
  2. ^ a b What is the ACEEEO? Archived October 11, 2009, at the Wayback Machine ACEEEO. Accessed July 30, 2009.
  3. ^ 2005-2006 Biennial Report Archived 2008-11-26 at the Wayback Machine. International Foundation for Electoral Systems. pp 4, 24-25. Accessed July 22, 2009.
  4. ^ a b Mission Statement Archived July 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine ACEEEO. Accessed July 30, 2009.
  5. ^ Ikstens, Jānis and more (October 2001). "Party and Campaign Funding in Eastern Europe: A Study of 18 Member Countries of the ACEEEO" (Document). International Foundation for Electoral Systems. found at Google Scholar Archived 2004-07-14 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Declaration of withdrawal from ACEEEO (Association of the European Election Officials)". 2022-03-13.
  7. ^ "About Us | ASSOCIATION OF EUROPEAN ELECTION OFFICIALS". aceeeo.org. Retrieved 2022-06-10.
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