‘Electoral tourists’ observe poll process in HP

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: May 08, 2014 09:03 IST

Curious about the ‘biggest festival of Indian democracy’, 16 delegates from 12 countries visiting Himachal on Wednesday as ‘electoral tourists’ under a learning programme of the United Nations Development Programme and Election Commission, termed the elections “a mammoth and inspiring” process.

The programme was part of the EC’s South-South cooperation initiatives, an election official told HT. The delegates arrived at the model polling booth set up at the local municipal corporation office at 6.30am, where election officials informed them about the election process. They were told about electronic voting machines, voting lists and the efforts made by the EC to increase turnout.

Member of the Myanmar Union Election Commission HEU Aung Myint said people across the globe were curious about polls in India. “Elections in the world’s largest democracy are a matter of curiosity for everyone,” he added.

UNDP representative in Myanmar Norwegian Edi n Elgsaether told HT that he had read about elections in India in books, but never got to actually observe them.

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