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SECTION III. PURPOSE, PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES OF THE ASSOCIATION

Article 7.

The aim of the Association shall be:

to provide a politically impartial forum in Bosnia and Herzegovina which shall serve as a means of exchange of information between governmental bodies, so as to debate and work for the promotion of democratic, open and transparent elections.

Programme objectives:

1. Activities for the advancement of the electoral system, monitoring comparative electoral systems in democratic countries and the submission of initiatives to the legislative authorities.

2. Raising the professionalism of election officials so as to advance the activities of holding of elections (education of participants in the electoral process).

3. Promotion of open and transparent elections by means of exchange of experiences and information relating to electoral laws and procedures, technology, administrative practice and education of voters.

4. Promotion of the principles of independence and freedom from coercion of electoral commissions and their members.

5. Raising the level awareness of election officials with the highest degree of integrity, a sense of public service, knowledge of electoral processes, experience in the election process and dedication to the principles of democratic elections.

6. Promotion of the principles of participation in the electoral process by citizens, political parties and candidates, together with politically independent civic organisations.

7. Advancement of electoral information and research relating to elections, in order to promote public confidence in the electoral process and election results.

8. Development of civic education programmes designed to promote greater participation by citizens in election.

Article 8.

In order to achieve its aims and the programme objectives the Association shall:

* Organize lectures and seminars and participate in consultations and seminars of other associations and institutions.

* Advocate amendments to the laws and other regulations designed to advance the electoral system and electoral process.

* Formulate opinions relating to the electoral process and inform the public and relevant competent bodies of those opinions.

* Issue magazines and scholarly publications.

* Extend assistance to the members of the Association in their professional development and the performance of their electoral duties.