75 visitors from abroad watch world’s largest elections unfold

On ECI invitation, election officials of 23 countries are on ground in six states

GN Bureau | May 6, 2024


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As a beacon of electoral integrity and transparency, the Election Commission of India (ECI) exemplifies its commitment to conduct general elections of the highest standards, offering a golden bridge for global Election Management Bodies (EMBs) to witness democratic excellence first-hand. It continues fostering international cooperation by organising the Election Visitors’ Programme (IEVP) during the ongoing Lok Sabha Elections 2024.

The event is a first in terms of the scale and magnitude of participation, the ECI said in a statement on Saturday. As many as 75 delegates representing various EMBs and organisations from 23 countries; namely, Bhutan, Mongolia, Australia, Madagascar, Fiji, Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, Moldova, Tunisia, Seychelles, Cambodia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Chile, Uzbekistan, Maldives, Papua New Guinea and Namibia will take part in the event. Members from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), and media teams from Bhutan and Israel will also participate.

The programme, which began on May 4, seeks to familiarise foreign EMBs with the nuances of India’s electoral system as well as the best practices used by the largest democracy in the world. Chief ELECTION COMMISSIONER Rajiv Kumar, election commissioner Gyanesh Kumar and Dr. Sukhbir Singh Sandhu addressed the delegates on May 5. Thereafter, the delegates are embarking on visits to six states—Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh—in small groups to observe polls and related preparedness in various constituencies. The programme ends on May 9.

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