Elections and Ethical Principles

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Publishing year: 2017.

Following the provisions of Article 32 of Law on the election of councillors and MPs and the adopted Strategy for the fight against corruption and organised crime for period 2010 – 2014, State Election Commission passed the Code of Ethics of bodies in charge of the conduct of elections in Montenegro (hereinafter referred to as: Code of Ethics), at its session held on 20 December 2010. Consequently, Code of Ethics gained the status of legal act following its official publication.

Code of Ethics of bodies in charge of the conduct of elections was divided in four chapters: Chapter I – General remarks defining the implementation, objective and content of the Code; Chapter II – Code principles which regulate the area of duties and prohibitions in relation to members of bodies in charge of the conduct of elections; Chapter III – Supervision over the implementation of Code; Chapter IV – Final provisions.

The content of said Code of Ethics meets the European standards to the great extent. However, it is characterised by partial limitation in terms of the context, resulting with an insufficient elaboration of general postulates in some of the chapters, which underpin the professional pattern of conduct, standards and principles of work of State Election Commission of Montenegro (SEC), Municipal Election Commissions (MEC) and Polling Boards (PB).

Implementation of the project: “Fair Elections Free of Corruption” is financed by the European Union, through the European Union Delegation to Montenegro and is implemented by the Network for Afirmation of NGO Sector.