The ACEEEO brings together occasionally and on an annual basis experts and heads of the election management bodies to discuss how to strengthen good governance through the conduct of democratic elections. This professional meetings provide opportunity for electoral experts to exchange experiences with their colleagues from all around the world.
Each year we put on the agenda exchange of experiences on and the international comparison of issues rof common importance. The conference features professional development workshops, panels of election experts, an exhibition of electoral equipment and services.
You can read more on the occasional and annual conferences organized since the inception of the ACEEEO in 1991 by browsing our Upcoming and Past events collection below.
'They vote for the first time, but not the last'
In 2019 Georgia took over the Presidency of the Association and hosts the 29th Annual Conference. With the active participation of electoral officials, academia and other electoral stakeholders, in this year we intend to discuss the topic of ‘Elections and Communications - The role of Electoral Management Bodies in conducting and facilitating effective communication’. The 2020 annual conference is structured to embrace both the external and internal aspects the theme Communications, as well as different aims, including education, providing of information, etc. Besides the theoretical framework the practical-institutional aspect would be discussed with a special attention paid to the challenges and opportunities posed by internet and social media.
Our series of symposiums on elections in times of epidemic ended with the third and closing eve
ACEEEO held an online symposium on elections for the second time 6 June 2020.
On 5 May 2020 ACEEEO held an Online Symposium focusing on the consequences of COVID-19 on elections. The circa 80 attendees from more than 35 countries representing International Organizations, Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs), Non-Governmental Organizations and Universities from across the globe have had the chance to get acquainted with the challenges and solutions of holding elections under the threat of COVID-19 pandemic. The Symposium focused on Poland, where the Presidential Election was supposed to be held on 10 May, and South Korea, where elections were held on 15 April amidst the epidemic.
In 2019 Slovenia took over the Presidency of the Association and hosts the 28th Annual Conference. With the active participation of 150 electoral experts this year we intend to discuss the topic of ‘Judicial protection of electoral rights and the transparency of elections’. In the frame of the theoretical aspects we will focus on questions of the judicial protection of electoral rights and transparency. During the conference we would like to focus on the ways the dialogue and cooperation between the EMBs and Courts can be effective; active and passive aspects of the protection of the right to vote; the communication of EMBs with citizens through mass- and social media; and the transparency as a goal that can be reached by providing the sufficient protection of individual rights.
The ACEEEO and the Central Election Commission of Lithuania coorganizes the 27th Annual Conference and General Assembly meeting of the ACEEEO, which will be held on 5-7 September 2018, in Vilnius, Lithuania.
With the active participation of about 150 various electoral stakeholders, in this year we intend to discuss the topic of ‘Guaranteeing Voter Privacy, Security and Integrity’, with a special workshop on Cyber Security issues. In the recent couple of years we face with emergence of new internal and external forces, which attempt to disrupt the electoral process and undermine the legitimacy of elections using new technology and methods. Now, more than ever, election management bodies must be diligent to understand and meet these challenges.
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In 2017 Bulgaria, our founder-member took over the Presidency of the Association and hosts the 26th Annual Conference. With the active participation of over 100 electoral experts this year we intend to discuss the topic of ‘The Conscious Voters in the digital age’. In the frame of the theoretical aspects we will focus on questions of the access to the public information; the freedom of expression; the free electoral campaign. During the conference we would like to deal with several practical aspects, like the new ways of voter information; special needs of youth voters; the role of the EMBs in the flow of the information.
14th European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.
The topic of the event: 'Operational EMBs for Effective Elections'.
Parliamentary elections, Armenia
Presidential election, Serbia
Parliamentary elections, Bulgaria
7th Annual Meeting of Election Management Bodies, Borjomi, Georgia.
The topic of the event: 'Innovative Services and Effective Electoral Operations'.
Conference 'Local Elections 2016 - Lessons Learned', Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Constitutional referendum, Kyrgyzstan
Presidential Elections, Republic of Moldova
Elections to the House of People, Afghanistan
Parliamentary Elections, Lithuania
Parliamentary Elections, Georgia
Local Elections, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The 25th Annual conference and the General Assembly Meeting of the ACEEEO had been organized in Tirana, Albania on 21-23 September 2016. The event was hosted by the Central Election Commission of Albania.
The topic for this high-level meeting of EMBs was ‘Development of Electoral Systems and Processes in the last 25 years’. It gave an opportunity to have an overview about the changes of electoral systems and processes in the last quarter-century, to present the main tendencies, best practices and problems and the way electoral management bodies dealt with them. According to our tradition, in the prospect of our annual conference the possibilities were suggested for regional and cross-regional consultations, networking as well as for learning on recent developments in election technology.
The discussion of 140 electoral professionals from 40 countries including representatives of electoral management bodies, professionals of international organizations, election technology suppliers and academics who acquainted with their experiences both from a theoretical and practical point of view.
Parliamentary Elections, Russian Federation
Parliamentary Elections, Belarus
Early Parliamentary Elections, Kazakhstan
Parliamentary Elections, Slovakia
Referendum on amendments to the RA Constitution
Parliamentary Elections, Croatia
Early Parliamentary Elections, Turkey
Parliamentary Elections, Azerbaijan
Local Elections, Bulgaria
Local Elections, Ukraine
Parliamentary Elections, Poland
Presidential Elections, Belarus
Parliamentary Elections, Kyrgyzstan
The 24th Annual conference and the General Assembly Meeting of the ACEEEO had been organized in Chisinau, the Republic of Moldova on 9-11 September 2015. The event was hosted by the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Moldova.
Local Elections, Albania
Local Elections, Moldova
Parliamentary Elections, Turkey
Presidential Elections, Poland
Venice Commission’s 12th Annual conference of the European Electoral Management Bodies with the topic “Ensuring neutrality, impartiality and transparency in elections: the role of electoral management bodies”
A-WEB Executive Board Meeting and PEA Romania’s Conference with the topic ‘Electoral Integrity and Regional Cooperation’
CEC of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s international conference with the topic ‘General Elections 2014 – lessons learnt’
IFES Regional Europe Office’s workshop ‘Monitoring and Evaluation for Election Management Body Training Centers’
The Executive Board usually convenes twice a year to discuss professional programs, ongoing and planned activities of the Association. In 2015, Board members and invited guests meet on 2nd of March, 2015 in Chi
Local Elections, Lithuania
Presidential Election (2nd round), Croatia
The 23rd annual conference and the General Assembly Meeting of the ACEEEO was held in Bucharest, Romania on 4-6 September 2014. The event was hosted by the Permanent Electoral Authority of Romania.
On the 5th of April 2014 a workshop for international election observers of the Hungarian parliamentary election was organized in Budapest by the Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO).
The 22nd annual conference and the General Assembly Meeting of the ACEEEO was held in Warsaw, Poland on 12-14 September 2013. The event was hosted by the National Election Commission and National Election Office of Poland.
The Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO) held its 21st annual conference on 15-17 September 2012 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO) that was established 1991 in Budapest held its 20th jubilee conference on 16-18 June 2011 in Budapest.
It has been the 19th time so far that the Annual Conference of the Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO) was organized. In 2010 participants of the professional yearly gathering focused on discussing different aspects and issues of voters’ registration.
It has been the 18th time so far that the Annual Conference of the Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO) was organized. In 2009 participants of the professional yearly gathering discussed the ‘Judicial protections of electoral rights’.
Follwoing the last EPE evaluation seminar that was held in Cardiff, UK in July 2004, the Association of European Election Officials organised the 2nd European Parliamentary Elections Evaluation Seminar in Budapest, Hungary, on the 3rd July 2009 with the collaboration of the Hungarian National Office.
The 17th ACEEEO annual conference was held and hosted by our Romanian colleagues, in Constanta (Romania) from 11 to 13 September 2008.
The annual conference of the ACEEEO in 2007 was a significant event in the life of the ACEEEO due to the following reasons.
2006 marked the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Association of Central and Eastern European Election Officials (ACEEEO).
Almost exactly 10 years ago, the Association of Central and Eastern European Election Officials (ACEEEO) held its annual conference and General Assembly meeting here in Siófok.
The title of the conference was ’Voter turnout with special regard to the first time voters’. The reason we chose this topic was its importance in case of building democracy.
This conference was of great significance in the life of our Association, because this was the first time when the ACEEEO conference was held out of the Central and Eastern European region, that was in London, United Kingdom, in 23-25 October 2003.
The 11th Annual conference titled “International Election Standards in the Legislation and Practical Activities of the countries of Europe” was held in Moscow (Russian Federation) in 26-28 September, 2002.
In 2001, the ACEEEO celebrated its 10th Anniversary on Brijuni Islands, Croatia. On our jubilee conference we summarized and evaluated the first ten years of the Association as well as discussed current issues of Transparent election campaign financing.
Introduction and use of information technology in elections (Warsaw, Poland)
The 8th annual conference of the Association was held in the capital city of the Slovak Republic between 6-8 October 1999.
His Excellency, President of the Republic of Lithuania, Valdas Adamkus welcomed the conference guests and underlined that organization and execution of democratic elections became an integral part of the progress and modernaization of countries which regained independence in the latter decade. The conference was attended by 62 delegated representing 22 countries.
In 1997, Central and Eastern European election professionals gathered to discuss current election issues in Moscow, Russian Federation.
ACEEEO held its annual conference in Siófok, Hungary between September 27-30, 1995. One of the criteria for fair elections is the expeditious and precise publication of election results and that this cannot be realised without the use of computers in the electoral process.
According to the resolution of the founding meeting of the ACEEEO the first annual conference was held in Kyiv, the Ukraine between December 15-17, 1994.
At the Symposium of the ACEEEO in 1993 election officials discussed the conditions to the fair organisation of elections. One of the major issues was drawing up the list of constituents (registration): in other words ensuring that every eligible citizen could cast a vote.
Following the Preparatory Conference for the Establishment of the ACEEEO in 1991, Central and Eastern European Election experts and practitioners gathered again in Budapest to deal with election issues of common importance.
On the initiative of the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES) the election experts of Central and Eastern European countries held a conference in Budapest in 1991 to discuss the technical conditions to free, democratic and fair elections.