International Cooperation

The international ties of the CEC of Russia mainly aim at popularizing the Russian experience in the conduct of election campaigns, confirming the conformity of the laws and electoral procedures to the universally accepted criteria and studying the foreign experience for perfection of the electoral system of Russia.

The CEC of Russia is actively cooperating with the partner structures of foreign states on a bilateral basis and developing relations on a multilateral basis within international organizations concerned with the assurance of civil rights and election and referendum problems. Firm business-like relations have been established with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), various foreign NGOs, prominent experts in the field of electoral law, election technologies and procedures. In September 1998, Moscow hosted an international conference "Electoral System of the Russian Federation and Its Role in the Establishment of a Multi-Party System and Strengthening of the Democratic Basis of Statehood."

In April 2001 and November 2001, the CEC of Russia initiated the meetings of the heads of the Central Elections Commissions of ten CIS countries to discuss a Draft Convention on Election Standards, Electoral Rights and Freedoms in the Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States. On November 24, 2001, the Draft Convention was approved by the plenary session of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the CIS and, on October 7, 2002, at the CIS summit in Kishiney (Moldavia), the Convention was signed by the Presidents of seven CIS countries, including the Russian Federation. In 2003, the Convention entered into force.

At the conference in Latvia ACEEEO has been transformed to Association of European Election Officials on September, 2006.

The CEC of Russia is a member of the Association of Central and Eastern European Election Officials (ACEEEO). In 2004, Russia chaired this professional organization.

On September 26 – 28, 2002, for the second time Moscow hosted an ACEEEO conference (the first conference of the Association in the capital of Russia was held in September 1997). This conference was attended by the delegations from 35 countries of the world, including 20 member states of ACEEEO, and representatives of international organizations, including the OSCE and the Council of Europe. The conference unanimously approved the Draft Convention on Election Standards, Electoral Rights and Freedoms prepared by the CEC of Russia within the framework of ACEEEO. On November 27, 2002, the Convention draft was officially submitted to the PACE leaders. In March 2004, the draft was supported by the European Commission For Democracy Through Law (Venice Commission).

Representatives of the CEC of Russia are constantly engaged in activities of international organizations elaborating the topics of actualization obligations in the electoral domain.

At the suggestion of the OSCE/ODIHR an international meeting of experts on the questions of the methodology of observation of elections and their assessment was held at the CEC of Russia on November 22 - 23, 2005. At this meeting, the Russian side presented a number of recommendations.

On May 22 – 23, 2006, the 3rd European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies was held at the CEC of Russia on the subject "Development and Codification of International Standards in the Field of Elections". The conference was timed to coincide with Russia's chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (May – November 2006) and was held jointly with the Venice Commission. It was attended by the representatives of 23 states and 15 foreign and international organizations.

The CEC of Russia is developing the contractual basis of its international ties and implementing the cooperation agreements and protocols, plans of ties with the partners from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belorussia, Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, Kirgizia, Mexico, Poland, USA, Tadjikistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and other countries.

The representatives of the CEC of Russia travel to other countries to monitor elections, both independently and as members of international monitoring missions, sent by the Executive Committee of the CIS, OSCE/ODIHR, ACEEEO. One more important task carried out under the relevant federal laws is to provide for the activity of foreign (international) observers at the election of the President of the Russian Federation, elections to the State Duma of the Federal Assembly, legislative and executive bodies of state power in the Subjects of the Russian Federation, bodies of local self-government. The preparation and conduct of elections to the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation in December 2003 was monitored by about 1200 foreign (international) observers from 49 countries of the world, the presidential elections in March 2004, by about 800 observers from 50 countries.

 

Письмо директора БДИПЧ ОБСЕ Янеза Ленарчича