NEW DELHI || With the aim of conducting free, fair, peaceful and inclusive elections in the country, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has brought together delegates from Election Management Bodies (EMBs) of SAARC Countries.
The officials are here for training at the India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM). The course is being sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
The course commenced on Monday at the Election Commission of India’s training wing and will continue until December 15th, 2016. The 11 day course encapsulates several sessions on principles and practices for election management.
A K Joti – Election Commissioner of India and senior officials from the ECI welcomed participants from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan and Afghanistan on Monday.
In his welcome address Joti affirmed, “For any nation to revolutionize its election scenario, it is important to accept change and evolve.” He also spoke about growing technological advancements in Indian Elections as the leading reason behind successful elections across India.
During the program, the 28 participants from SAARC countries will share their experiences on election situation in their respective countries. Additionally, the program aims to train officials on various aspects of election management like capacity building of stakeholders, code of conduct, voter inclusion and registration et al.