A 18-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Volodymyr Ariev (Ukraine, EPP/CD), will travel to Serbia from 22 to 25 April to observe the conduct of the early parliamentary elections, alongside observers from the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).
The delegation will meet, in particular, leaders and representatives of parliamentary groups represented in the National Assembly, representatives of the Republic Electoral Commission, as well as representatives of the media and civil society, before observing the voting on 24 April.
A member of the Venice Commission – the Council of Europe's group of independent legal experts – will provide legal support during the visit.
In a declaration dated 6 April, the PACE pre-electoral delegation stressed that “the legal framework for parliamentary elections provides an overall sound basis for the conduct of democratic elections, in line with Council of Europe commitments, if applied in good faith”.
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A joint press conference is scheduled on Monday 25 April at 2 pm, Media Center Terazije 3, 11000 Belgrade, Republic of Serbia.