ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA
Commission of India and the United Nations Development Programme UNDP today
signed an MOU for cooperation in election management, particularly for
supporting elections and democratic process in other countries. The MOU was
signed by Shri Akshay Rout, Director General from the
Commission and Ms. Lise Grande, UNDP Resident
Representative and UN Resident Coordinator from UNDP’s side in the
presence of Chief Election Commissioner of India, Shri V S Sampath,
Election Commissioners, Shri H S Brahma and Dr Nasim Zaidi and UN Under Secretary General and UNDP Associate
Administrator, Ms. Rebeca Grynspan.
Senior officials of ECI and UNDP were present on the occasion.
Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sampath observed that transparency and strict enforcement
have been the strength of ECI which have lent total
credibility to Indian elections. He underlined the Commission’s commitment to
work along South-South cooperation and extend support to electoral process
wherever there is a need.
who led the 8 member UNDP delegation, lauded the impressive independence of the
Indian Election Commission, which, she said is a source of stability. She
thanked the Commission for making its resources available to all democratic
nations through the outreach of UNDP.
Election Commissioners Mr Brahma and Mr Zaidi
and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms Grande and Country Director Ms Caitlin Wiesen also spoke on the occasion.
ECI and UNDP have been working
jointly in recent months to harness ECI’s competence in election management to
the benefit of several countries. The collaboration is specially built around
Commission’s one year old India International Institute of Democracy and
Election Management, IIIDEM which offers courses for international election
practitioners. Election Commission has
signed MOUs with fourteen countries for sharing electoral practices and
extending electoral assistance.
Election Commission of India
11th October ,
2012 New Delhi
(Release ID :88344)