Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra (Centre), Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar (Left) and Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey (Right) participate in IEVP 2022. (Photo/PIB)
New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) today hosted the virtual International Election Visitors Programme (IEVP) 2022 for Election Management Bodies (EMBs) from nearly 32 Countries and four international organizations.
An overview of the on-going Elections for Legislative Assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh was presented to more than 150 EMB Delegates participating online. Ambassadors/High Commissioners and other members of the Diplomatic Corps based in India from nine countries also participated in today’s virtual IEVP 2022.
Over 150 Delegates from nearly 32 countries across the world including Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Croatia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, Guinea, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Maldives, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Romania, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Suriname, Tanzania and Uzbekistan and 4 international organizations including International IDEA, International Foundation of Electoral Systems (IFES), Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) and Community of Democracies participated in IEVP 2022 today. Mr. Jonghyun Choe, Secretary General, Association of World Election Bodies, High Commissioners and Diplomats from Australia, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Fiji, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Switzerland participated in the event.
India has been hosting the International Election Visitors Programme (IEVP) since the 2012 elections where International delegates are invited to visit the Polling stations and see the electoral processes in practice for themselves in person.
Even during the Covid pandemic with travel restrictions, IEVP in India has not been discontinued and continues to be held in an innovative virtual mode.
During the half-day session, recorded video shots of the poll activities from the five states were shown to the participants. Live streaming of March 7, 2022, poll activities from polling stations in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh was shown along with a detailed briefing session of the electoral process.
In the concluding session, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and Election Commissioners Rajiv Kumar and Anup Chandra Pandey addressed the delegates. (Press Release)