STRASBOURG – An 18-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will be in Serbia on April 22-25 to observe the conduct of the early parliamentary elections in the country, the PACE said in a release on Tuesday.

The PACE delegation will be led by Ukrainian member Volodymyr Ariev. They are joining observers from the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

Prior to the holding of the elections in Serbia on April 24, the PACE delegation will meet with representatives of the parliamentary groups in the Serbian parliament, the Republic Electoral Commission, the media and NGOs.

A member of the Venice Commission – the Council of Europe’s group of independent legal experts – will provide legal support during the visit, the PACE release said.

In a declaration dated April 6, 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”.