Election Commission of India (ECI) on 15 April 2014 launched the Election VIsitors Programme (EVP) 2014. The EVP 2014 was launched as a part of South-South Cooperation initiative of the ECI in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
On the day of launch, seven senior officials from Namibia began their participation in the EVP 2014 and left for the Karnataka State where the elections are scheduled to be held on 17 April 2014.
As part of the EVP 2014, 50 foreign delegates from Election Management Bodies of 20 countries will visit India to have a first-hand experience of Lok Sabha Elections 2014.
The delegates have been divided into four groups depending on their arrival schedule. These four groups will be briefed by the ECI on India's electoral system and the Lok Sabha Elections 2014. The briefing will be followed by filed visits to the identified election locations and an interaction with the ECI.
The EVP 2014 has recognised 4 election locations in the country for the field visits to give a first-hand experience to the foreign delegates. These are Karnataka (17th April), Uttar Pradesh (24th April), West Bengal (30th April) and Himachal Pradesh (7th May).
This is the first time that ECI is facilitating election visits from other countries on such a scale and under a structured programme.
The 20 countries which will be visiting India as part of EVP 2014 are Namibia, Nigeria, Lesotho, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Uganda, Kenya, Bhutan and some member-countries of League of Arab States (Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Morocco, Somalia, Palestine, Iraq and Oman).
Where: New Delhi
When: 15 April 2014