Code of Good Election Practice

  • Changing the Model of the Polish Electoral Administration

    Author: Jacek Sobczak
    Institution: University of Economics and Humanities in Warsaw
    Year of publication: 2020
    Source: Show
    Pages: 69-82
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    PDF: ppk/58/ppk5805.pdf

    The conduct of free elections depends to a large extent on the efficient functioning of electoral bodies. The doctrine distinguishes a number of models of functioning of election administration bodies. The standards of functioning of electoral bodies at the European level are defined by the standards of the Venice Commission, and in particular the Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters. In Poland, after World War II, the adopted model of election administration did not meet democratic standards. It was only after 1990 that the State Election Commission was established as a permanent body consisting exclusively of judges of the Supreme Court, Constitutional Tribunal and Supreme Administrative Court. This concept was abandoned in an atmosphere of massive criticism of the judiciary. Although the model adopted now does not directly violate international standards, it seems to be a step backwards from the regulations existing after 1990.

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