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The Association of Central and Eastern European Electoral Officials in co-operation with The Electoral Commission, ...
The Association of Central and Eastern European Electoral Officials in co-operation with The Electoral Commission, the Association of Electoral Administrators, and the International Foundation for Election Systems organises its annual conference, 'Media and Elections & E-voting'.

The conference will be held between 23-25 October in London, Hilton London Metropole. According to the tradition of ACEEEO annual conferences, there will be two exhibitions during the conference: Election History Exhibition, and Exhibition of the Suppliers of Election Equipment and Services.

Prospectively there will be 150 participants on the conference, from 32 countries. Special guests of the event are going to be Andrew McDonald, director of Department for Constitutional Affairs, Zoltán Tóth, secretary general of the ACEEEO, Alexander Veshniakov, chairman of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, Richard Soudriette, president of IFES, Sam Younger, chairman of The Electoral Commission, and Stephen Lake, chairman of the Association of Electoral Administrators.

During the conference several international experts are going to deliver a speech on these topics. There will be a possibility to discuss these two extremely important and current issues with various international organisations and bodies such as OSCE-ODIHR (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe), IFES, European Commission, Council of Europe, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, International IDEA (Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance), international NGOs and Central Election Commissions from all of the world.

The main themes of the conference are Media and Elections & E-voting. The reasons are twofold. First, the utmost importance of the role of media in a better functioning of democratic processes compels us to reconsider the link between media and elections on the global level in the course of events that shaped so dramatically the history of the 20th century.

Second, and, with regard to the scope of activities of ACEEEO, most importantly, the democratisation process of societies in central-eastern Europe makes this ever-green-topic one of the most actual and most relevant ones of contemporary public discourse on the regional level.

As e-voting is a subject to professional debates in most of the European countries, ACEEEO considers it a great opportunity to hold a discussion in the course of the Conference, in the expectation of promoting a close co-operation and good progress in the field of electronic voting in Central and Eastern Europe.

ACEEEO is a non-governmental organisation founded in 1991, operating independently of parties and governments. Our organisation has 20 institutional members. ACEEEO is enjoying consultative status with the Council of Europe.

The association's primary objective is to foster free, democratic and fair elections and provide a forum for the exchange of information on election and political processes among election officials and scientific experts.

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