Representatives from the Electoral Commission of Malta recently participated in the 15th Electoral Management Board Conference in Oslo, Norway. The conference was organised by the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation of Norway on 19 and 20 April 2018.
The topic of the Conference was “Security in Elections”. The participants discussed more specifically four main issues:
- Norms, standards and good practices aimed at securing elections;
- Latest challenges to security of electoral processes;
- The challenges around digital campaigns and social media; and
- Addressing cybercrime and improving cybersecurity.
Around 150 participants from 31 countries attended the Conference, representing national electoral management bodies and other bodies involved in electoral processes, but also specialists in information and technologies’ systems (ICT systems), academics and representatives of non-governmental organisations.
Several international institutions participated in the Conference, including the European Union, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), the International Organisation de la Francophonie (OIF), Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Organization of Arab Electoral Management Bodies and the Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO) and several other institutions active in the electoral field also took part in the Conference. The Facebook Company also participated in the Conference.
Malta was represented by Mr. Joseph Church, Chief Electoral Commissioner and Mr. James Handyside, ICT Officer.