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EC To Lead 'Democracy Cohort On Election Integrity' With 100 Nations

The Cohort led by India, New Zealand, Finland and the European Union have expressed interest in partners and other interested democracies could also join in

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The Election Commission on Tuesday said it will lead 'Democracy Cohort on Election Integrity' in partnership with 100 democratic countries and share experience and expertise with poll management bodies of various nations.

A four-member US delegation led by Uzra Zeya, Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights called upon Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar and Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey at Nirvachan Sadan, New Delhi today. 

The ECI in a statement said, "As part of ‘Summit for Democracy’, a decision has been taken to request India to lead the ‘Democracy Cohort on Election Integrity’ and share its knowledge, technical expertise and experiences with other democracies of the world."

ECI has been requested to also provide training and capacity building programmes to Election Management Bodies (EMBs) across the world and provide technical consultancy as per the needs of other EMBs.

During the meeting,  Kumar and Pandey shared the experiences of ECI and explained how ECI has not only been conducting free, fair, peaceful and credible elections but also making these inclusive and accessible. 

They shared the new initiatives taken by ECI, the use of new information technology as a great enabler for not only voters at large but also for all stakeholders like political parties, candidates and other members of the society, making all election-related processes and voter services seamless, hassle-free and participative.

Uzra said India can take a leading role in sharing its experiences and expertise in providing capacity building programmes to other EMBs to strengthen the election system. 

The Cohort led by India, New Zealand, Finland and the European Union have expressed interest in partners and other interested democracies could also join in. 

Several programs for cooperation and sharing experiences for capacity building are on the anvil. Based on the above a specific strategy and Action Plan will be prepared in coordination with the Ministry of External Affairs, it said. 

On Tuesday discussions were held in the backdrop of ‘Summit for Democracy’ which started as a two-day virtual event, hosted by the United States in December 2021 and is now a year-long activity with events and dialogues on themes related to democracy with participating countries. 

Leaders of more than 100 countries including India, civil society organizations, the private sector, media and others participated in the first summit. 


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