ECI to host Asian Regional Forum meeting tomorrow

Published on Aug 10, 2022 12:02 PM IST

In a statement, ECI said the meeting aimed to generate synergy among international organisations and electoral bodies

The Election Commission of India building in New Delhi. (HT PHOTO)
The Election Commission of India building in New Delhi. (HT PHOTO)

The Election Commission of India (ECI) will on Thursday host an Asian Regional Forum meeting focused on making elections “inclusive, accessible and participative” as a precursor to the Global Summit for Democracy in Mexico next month.

In a statement, ECI said the summit and the meeting aim to generate synergy among international organisations and electoral bodies to promote “intellectual and institutional mobilization to strengthen electoral democracy”.

Delegations from the Philippines, Nepal, Uzbekistan, and the Maldives are among those attending the meeting, which will have two sessions. “The first session is on ‘Inclusive Elections: Enhancing Participation of Youth, Gender and Citizens in Remote Areas’....,” the statement said. The second session is titled “Accessible Elections: Enhancing Participation of Persons with Disabilities & Senior Citizens.”

The participants will reflect on the changing geopolitics, emerging technologies, and their use in election management in view of the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. “Outcomes from the Regional Forum Meet are aimed at generating an action plan and agenda to strengthen democracy around the world, particularly through robust election processes. So far, three Regional Forum meets for Europe, America and Africa have been held in ..June and July...”

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