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03 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 41704)  

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Title Seminar on Election Dispute Resolution- follow up 
Description A seminar dealing with resolution of election disputes is provided by the Venice Commission to the Academy of Justice of Moldova and possibly the Central Election Commission of Moldova.
Scope: Skills of judges dealing with election disputes and possibly Central Election Commission members are improved. 
Status Planned 
Date 2017 
Location Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Countries CoE Members: Republic of Moldova
  Joint Programme Activity - PCF-V.1-Elections
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP PCF-V.1-Elections - V.1. Electoral assistance: reforming electoral legislation and practice    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 5 - 2015/CDL/JP/3231   Co-operation on electoral matters in Moldova - Venice Commission
Expected Result 5.3 - Skills of Central Electoral Commission members are improved and the capacity of electoral bodies at all levels is enhanced in order to organise elections in line with international standards

Working Method

Organisation of meetings - Seminar 
Directorate (Service) Venice Commission (The European Commission for Democracy through Law)
CoE Contact ,   email
Partners COE office - Secretariat Field Presence
Academy of Justice of Moldova, CEC - National Institution
Last Modified 05/07/2017 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 41704) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) The Venice Commission, in cooperation with the Central Electoral Commission (CEC)/Center for Continuous Electoral Training of Moldova and the National Institute of Justice Moldova, held an Election Dispute Resolution Seminar for national practitioners, with a focus on European standards and ECtHR case law.

The Venice Commission has organised such training seminars in Moldova on a regular basis in recent years. In the current context, namely the 2017 electoral reform and forthcoming parliamentary elections (planned for 2018), the training appeared to be particularly relevant and necessary.

This activity falls in the framework of the Partnership for Good Governance (PGG) for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus, funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.
Output/Results The co-organisers and participants gave an extremely positive feedback on the seminar. This was explained by the knowledge and experience of the experts, the focus on practical cases/interaction and the high relevance of the topic in the current context in Moldova.

The Venice Commission experts noticed a lack of knowledge and experience among national practitioners in the areas of voting abroad and legal remedies linked to the new voting model. These issues were of great concern for CEC members and Supreme Court judges. Representatives of political parties also mentioned that parties in Moldova still lacked the knowledge, practical skills and professional resources necessary to arrange parties’ internal legal services.
Conclusions/Follow Up Such training seminars should be renewed on a regular basis at the occasion of future electoral cycles.

The Venice Commission experts identified a significant need for further training on legal remedies and on the implementation of European standards for judges of different court levels, staff of the CEC and possibly district electoral commissions, as well as representatives/legal staff of political parties/candidates running in single-mandate districts – in particular, in view of the forthcoming parliamentary elections.
Participants 30 judges and CEC members (19 October), 25 CEC staff and lawyers of political parties (20 October). 
Consultants/Experts - Mr Serhii Kalchenko, Lawyer, Associate, Ukraine
- Ms Mirjana Lazarova Trajkovska, former judge at the ECtHR, CEC chairperson and judge at the Constitutional Court of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”
CoE Secretariat Michael Janssen, Legal advisor, Division of Elections and Political Parties, Secretariat of the Venice Commission 
Total No. Participants 58 
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