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ECI to host international conference on making elections inclusive and accessible

The Election Commission of India will be hosting an International Conference on Making Elections Inclusive and Accessible. The conference will include two sessions in which representatives from the EMBs and International Organisations will participate and share their experiences.

Jan 24, 2019 12:13 IST
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The Election Commission of India (ECI) will be hosting an International Conference on ‘Making Elections Inclusive and Accessible’ on January 24, 2019, in consonance with the 9th National Voters’ Day which will be held on January 25, 2019.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa will be attending the conference along with heads and dignitaries from six Election Management Bodies (EMBs) namely, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Russia and Sri Lanka and three International Organisations including Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre, UK and International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) and International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS).

Key Highlights

The international conference is being organised with the purpose of sharing the experience of different EMB’s, international institutions and experts with regard to analysis of barriers, policy interventions, strategies, programmes, good practices and technological innovation for inclusive and accessible election.

The conference will include two sessions in which representatives from the EMBs and International Organisations will participate and share their experiences, best practices and initiatives aimed at electoral engagement, enrolment and active participation in inclusive and accessible voting exercise in various countries.

The international delegates will also attend the national voters’ day celebrations in New Delhi besides visiting the new campus of the India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM) at Dwarka in New Delhi.

The January 2019 issue of ECI’s quarterly magazine “Voice International” will also be released during the conference, which will carry articles on the theme of “Making polling stations accessible and voter-friendly”.

ECI to renew MoU with Election Commission of Bhutan

On the sidelines of the international conference, the Election Commission of India will renew Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation in the field of election management with the Election Commission of Bhutan.

The agreement provides for an institutional framework and seeks the promotion of exchanges of knowledge and experience in the field of organisational and technical development, with a view to strengthen the administration of electoral processes.

It also seeks promotion of exchange of information, material, expertise and technical know-how relating to electoral processes and systems and training of personnel and organisational development and capacity building.

Background

The Election Commission of India has so far signed MOUs with twenty-five election management bodies and international organisations including Australia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Fiji, Georgia, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyz Republic, Libya, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, South Africa, Suriname, Yemen and the United Nations.

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