The PACE political Commission discussed the holding of elections in conditions of a pandemic

The Commission of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on political Affairs and democracy discussed on Friday, the issue of holding the elections in conditions of a pandemic coronavirus, the meeting was attended by Russian senators Sergei Kislyak and Vladimir Kozhin, said the press service of the Federation Council.

According to the Russian Senator, the issues of new types and formats of interaction, the features of remote and electronic voting, the possibility of the Supervisory missions in the new environment, as well as the balance between the freedoms of citizens and internally restrictive measures to ensure their safety.

"Given that pandemics are transnational problems, need in the future to discuss with experts the question of what specifically can make the parliaments, including through joint work in the PACE to establish more cooperation between States in preventing and responding to pandemics," said Kislyak.

Following the discussion of the issue of democracies, faced with the pandemic COVID-19, it was decided to prepare a resolution and appoint a Rapporteur member of the British delegation Ian Liddell-Granger.

At the Commission meeting, held via videoconference, was attended by PACE President Hendrik Daems, as well as invited experts from leading European universities and representatives of the Venice Commission (European Commission for democracy through law).

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