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EC Virtual Event: Delegates from Foreign Election Management Bodies Get a Glimpse of Indian Election

The Election Commission on Monday broadcast live voting from polling stations in Varanasi for more than 150 delegates from polling management bodies from various countries as part of its international election visitor program to acquaint them with India’s electoral exercise.

During the half-day session, recorded videos of survey activities from Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Punjab were shown to participants.

The live broadcast from polling stations in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh was followed by a detailed briefing on the electoral process.

The seventh and final phase of Uttar Pradesh’s elections ended on Monday evening. Voting in Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur and Punjab was over earlier.

India has hosted the International Election Visitors Program since the 2012 elections. International delegates are invited to visit polling stations to witness election processes in person.

Even during the Covid pandemic, when travel restrictions were in place, the ENPI in India was uninterrupted and is taking place in virtual mode.

Addressing delegates, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said that despite the pandemic posing several logistical challenges, India once again held elections in five states with 183.4 million voters in 690 constituencies, making the electoral system more inclusive, accessible and participatory. Highlighting the various initiatives of the voting panel to facilitate voters of the elderly, persons with disabilities and women, he appreciated the innovative and localized solutions implemented by the field agents to overcome the obstacles faced by the different categories of people. voters.

Chandra noted that more than 11 million new voters were added in Assembly elections across the five states.

In Uttarakhand, the participation rate for women was 67.2% compared to 62.6% for men. Goa recorded female participation of 80.96% while male participation was 78.19%.

The Chief Electoral Commissioner also highlighted the special adaptive changes made by the polling panel in the five-state elections to mitigate Covid risk and make polling places a safe place for voters.

Virtual campaign mode for much of the election, focus on total immunization status in ballot-related states, regular interactions with health officials, helped election commission secure polls “Covid-safe,” he said.

Acknowledging the challenges posed by the pandemic, Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said the panel’s aim was to work with three broad goals of Covid-secure elections, a comfortable and hassle-free voting experience and maximum voter turnout. . Elaborating on the special measures taken to ensure Covid safe ballots, he noted that the Commission had taken a graduated response in maintaining a balance between the right of candidates and parties to campaign and with the evolving Covid situation. , guaranteeing the security of voters and electoral staff.

More than 150 delegates from 32 countries, including Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Croatia, Ethiopia and Fiji, and four organizations, including International IDEA, International Foundation of Electoral Systems, Association of World Election Bodies and Community of Democracies participated in the event. .

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