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Introduction

It is axiomatic that India, as the largest practising democracy in the world and with over 60 years’ record of holding effective, transparent and credible elections, should play a leading role in promoting participatory democracy and election administration world-wide. There are huge opportunities for democracy promotion and electoral support particularly in the Arab world, Gulf countries, and Central Asian countries, which have still not established themselves as functional democracies. Further, Election Commission of India has also felt the need to continuously engage itself and others in generating innovative ideas and practices to respond to the emerging challenges in election management. This necessarily calls for bilateral and multilateral cooperation in promoting participatory democracy and best practices in election administration, professional contact and exchange activities, study and observation missions and technical support and advice.

Over the last decade, therefore, the Election Commission of India, has been making incremental efforts to promote inter-institutional contacts, and to provide technical support and user-friendly resources and advice to Election authorities elsewhere, on request. In the process, Election Commission of India has also acquired valuable learnings from its counterparts in other countries. This international cooperation outreach has been made in conjunction with India’s foreign policy objectives, to promote democracy and strengthen election administration world-wide.

The Indo-US Joint Declaration signed during US President Obama’s visit in November 2010, also spoke of a shared international partnership for democracy and development. As part of this agenda, the Joint Declaration pledged to explore cooperation in support of strengthening election organization and management in other interested countries. Mrs. Hillary Clinton, during her visit to India in 2011 as US Secretary of State referred to Election Commission of India, as the “Gold Standard” in election management worldwide.

During Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the ECI, a number of Election Management Authorities and delegations from participating countries evinced keen interest in the electoral technology including EVM operations in Indian elections, exploring whether the ECI could provide them technical assistance. Nepal, Bhutan and Namibia are now using Electronic Voting Machines manufactured in India. After Election Commission started annual celebrations of its National Voters Day in January 2011, countries such as Pakistan, Bhutan and Republic of Korea have also emulated this practice, and are observing their own National Voters Days to promote voter education and awareness.

Memorandum of Understanding

Memoranda of Understanding for cooperation in the field of elections have been signed with 20 countries and international organisations (United Nations, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Brazil, Russia, Nepal, Chile, Indonesia, S. Africa, IFES, S. Korea, Venezuela, Egypt, Libya, Mauritius, Yemen, Kyrgyz Republic and Georgia).

Complete List of MoUs of ECI

ECI’s Membership of International Organizations

  • Founding member and Chair of Association of Asian Election Authorities (2015-16).
  • Founding member and Chair of Forum of Election Management Bodies of South Asia (2012-13).
  • Member of Executive Board of Association of World Election Bodies (2013-17).
  • Member of Steering Committee of Commonwealth Electoral Network (2010-14).
  • Member of Community of Democracies – Working Group on Elections (2014).

Study/Observation missions for Elections to other countries

Study/observation missions for Elections to countries such as Tanzania, Russia, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lesotho, Ecuador, Cambodia, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Australia, Norway, Nepal, Sweden.

Election Visitors' Programme

Election Study teams for Assembly and General Elections in India, including 41 delegates from 17 countries for Election Visitors Programme for 2014 General Election.

Exchange visits

Exchange of more than 200 visits (approximately half of them incoming visits) during the last five years for exchange of experiences and skills, capacity building programmes, technical assistance, Conferences/Workshops and other events relating to democracy and election management.

International Events

  • Diamond Jubilee celebrations, 2010 & 2011
  • Commonwealth Electoral Network – Working Group Meeting on Voters Education (2011)
  • Inaugural Conference of Forum of Election Management Bodies of South Asia (May 2012)
  • Executive Board meeting of Association of Asian Election Authorities (July 2012)
  • Meeting of Election Management Bodies of South Asia (January 2013)
  • International Symposium for South Asian Election Management Bodies(January 2014)
  • Election Visitors Programme (April-May 2014)
  • Regional Workshop of South Asian Election Management Bodies (October 2014)
  • General Assembly of Association of Asian Election Authorities (October 2014)
  • Executive Board meeting of Association of Asian Election Authorities (Sept 2015)
  • Executive Board meeting of Association of World Election Bodies ( Feb 2016)

Technical Cooperation

Technical Assistance provided to Jordan, Maldives, Namibia, Egypt, Bhutan and Nepal. (Bhutan, Nepal and Namibia are using Electronic Voting Machines made in India).

Capacity Building

The Election Commission of India also established the India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM) in June 2011. IIIDEM is envisaged as an advanced resource centre of learning, research, training and extension on participatory democracy and election management. Apart from training courses for national stakeholders, IIIDEM has also conducted many training programmes, capacity building workshops, seminars and round-tables for international participants. Many of the training programmes are conducted in collaboration with the Government of India (Ministry of External Affairs).
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Photo Gallery

Photograph of International Conference on "Inclusion of Persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the Electoral Process" on 24th on 24th January, 2018 in New Delhi.

Photograhps of Singning of MoUs

Photographs of 50 Foreign Participants from various countries visit the ECI on 8th February, 2018

Photographs of Ms. Melba Priya, Ambassador of Mexico in India visit to ECI on 7th February, 2018

Photographs of UN Deligation visit to ECI on 5th February, 2018.

Pictures of Dr. Attahiru Muhammadu Jega, former chairman of INEC of Nigeria visited the Election Commission of India on 19th December, 2017.

Pictures of delegation from Papua New Guinea led by Mr. Richard Maru, Minister for National Planning & Monitoring visited the Election Commission of India on 13th December, 2017.

Visit of 40 Diplomats from Various Countries to Election Commission of India on 25th October, 2017.

Visit of Senior Editors/Journalists from LAC (Latin America Caribbean Countries) Region to Election Commission of India on 4th October, 2017.

Visit of Diplomats from ASEAN Countries to Election Commission of India on 24th August, 2017

Visit of 51 Foreign Parliamentary Officials from 24 Countries to Election Commission India on 23rd August, 2017.

Visit of high level delegation from United Nations, New York comprising 14 Permanent Representatives (Ambassadors) from different countries to Election Commission of India on 21st August, 2017

Visit of Two-member delegation from Australian High Commission to Election Commission of India on 17th August, 2017.

Visit of 33 Young Parliamentarians from African countries to Election Commission of India on 31st July, 2017.

Pictures of 15 Senior Journalists /Editors from ASEAN countries (recommended by XPD Division, Ministry of External Affairs,) visit to Election Commission of India on 3rd July, 2017

Pictures of 12 Member delegation from the Judiciary Committee on Elections of Kenya led by Hon'ble Mr. Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki, President of the Court of Appeal, Kenya visited the Election Commission of India on 28th June, 2017

Pictures of Senior Journalists /Editors from Nepal (recommended by XPD Division, M/o of External Affairs,) visit to Election Commission of India on 17th May,2017

Pictures of Senior Journalists /Editors from Mauritius (recommended by XPD Division, M/o of External Affairs,) visit to Election Commission of India on 25th April, 2017

Pictures of 41 diplomats from various countries (recommended by Foreign Service Institute (FSI), Ministry of External Affairs,) visit to Election Commission of India on 10th March, 2017.

Pictures of Professor Craig Jeffrey, Director of the Australia India Institute visit to Election Commission of India on 7th March, 2017

Pictures of Ms. Shipra Verma, CEO, Manitoba, Canada visited on 1st March, 2017.

Pictures of visit of participants from 27 Countries (recommended by BPST, Lok Sabha Secretariat) visited Election Commission of India on 2nd March, 2017.

Pictures of visit of participants of Special Course for South Sudanese Diplomats on 21st February, 2017.

Pictures of 2016 U.S. Elections Organization (GEO-7) Conference

Pictures of Afghanistan Delegation visited Election Commission of India on 8th December, 2016

Pictures of ASEAN Delegation visits

Photo Gallery of International Delegation visits

Photo Gallery - International Conference on Voter Education for Inclusive, Informed & Ethical Participation

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