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Regional Experience Sharing Workshop of Election Management Bodies of SAARC
Oct 25, 2014

A Regional Experience Sharing Workshop of Election management bodies of South Asia on Democracy and Election Management was recently held in New Delhi. In the workshop Indian Chief Election Commissioner, V.S. Sampath appreciated the contribution of each SAARC country in sharing their experiences of election management and appreciated UNDP’s unstinted support in organizing the workshop. He also referred to the immense challenge involved in using technology for accurate counting of votes and prompt dissemination of results. 

Lise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative applauded India’s success in delivering free and fair, credible and transparent elections. She also referred to UNDP’s partnerships with the SAARC EMBs, and spoke of the importance of inclusion, particularly of women, youth and other disadvantaged sections, both in enrolment and voting. 

The delegates participated from each Election Commission of South Asian countries made a presentation on a topical theme, such as Role of Election Management Bodies in enhancing credibility of Elections, Freedom of Expression and the role of Media and Civil Society Organisations in Elections. 

The Workshop also discussed common election management challenges such as paid news, use of technology and ways to achieve a pure electoral roll. India referred to the common challenges before the SAARC EMBs, and emphasized the importance of technology in enhancing credibility, acceptability and transparency of the election process. 

The Workshop was organised in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP-India) in which 13 Election Commissions and senior officials from the 7 SAARC countries (Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) participated.


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