India to aid Namibia, Panama in election management

The Union Cabinet has approved a proposed partnership between India and the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) as well as with the Electoral Tribunal of Panama (ETP) on cooperation in electoral management

February 6, 2019

The agreement will promote bilateral cooperation with the Governments of Namibia and with that of Panama, while helping in conducting respective elections

India, the world’s largest democracy backed by the second-highest population of over 1.3 billion, has recorded marked successes in election management

The deal will cover exchange of knowledge in organizational and technical development of electoral process, institutional strengthening and training of personnel

India’s Election Commission conducts the world’s largest electoral exercise with over 850 million voters from diverse socio-political and economic backgrounds

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved a proposed partnership between India and the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) as well as with the Electoral Tribunal of Panama (ETP) on cooperation in electoral management and administration, as per an announcement on February 6. This collaboration will cover exchange of knowledge and experience in organizational and technical development of electoral process, institutional strengthening and training of personnel. India, the world’s largest democracy backed by the second-highest population of over 1.3 billion, has recorded marked successes in election management.

The agreement will promote bilateral cooperation with the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) and with Electoral Tribunal of Panama (ETP), while helping in conducting elections in the respective countries. India’s Election Commission (EC) has been cooperating in the field of election matters and electoral processes across the world. The EC conducts the largest electoral exercise in the world. It is the responsibility of the EC to organise free and fair elections in the country of about 850 million voters with diverse socio-political and economic backgrounds. The success of democracy in India has attracted the attention of almost every political system around the world.         

Owing to its successes, the EC has been receiving various proposals from foreign electoral bodies for developing bilateral relations in the field of election and matters connected therewith. Last year, around 250 students from 10 ASEAN countries had the chance to learn about the elaborate electoral process of the world’s largest democracy. The students were visiting India as part of an Indo-ASEAN students exchange programme under the aegis of the nation’s Ministry of External Affairs. With an average age of 29 years, India is all set to become the world’s youngest country by 2020. In another four years, by 2024, India will be the world’s most populous country.

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