ECI Hosts Seminar on â€˜Leveraging Technology for Transparent and Credible Electionsâ€™
Election Commission of India (ECI) today hosted an International Seminar on â€œLeveraging Technology for Transparent and Credible Electionsâ€. The Seminar was organized for Members of the Executive Board of Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB), and the Oversight & Audit Committee of A-WEB, who were in New Delhi to take part in the 4th Executive Board meeting of the organization. Chief Election Commissioner, Dr. Nasim Zaidi, and Election Commissioners, Mr. A.K. Joti and Mr. O.P. Rawat graced the event. Senior officers of Election Commission of India also attended the seminar.
Welcoming the delegates on behalf of the Election Commission of India, Mr. Umesh Sinha, Deputy Election Commissioner outlined the format of the Seminar, comprising of a Lead Presentation by India and country presentations by delegations from other Election Management Bodies (EMBs) participating in the Seminar. Commissioner Ms. Rosario Graciano de los Santos from Dominican Republic profusely thanked Election Commission of India for taking the initiative to organize a Seminar on such a relevant and topical theme.
In his Keynote Address, Dr. Nasim Zaidi stated that the 11 countries participating in the Seminar have a population of over 1.7 billion, which means that the delegates present represented over one fifth of humanity. If one were to go by another figure, which gives the population of democratic countries as 4.4 billion, then this gathering would represent a staggering 40% of the democratic world, he added. He stated that this Seminar is an attempt to learn, brainstorm and improve electoral processes by adopting best practices elsewhere and sharing oneâ€™s own. He referred to special Information Communication and Technology (ICT) initiatives such as the single window National Voter Services Portal launched in 2015, which provides multiple voter centric services, development of safe and appropriate technology for providing electronic Postal Ballot facility to Overseas Indian Voters and the gradually increasing use of Voters Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT), He also stated that ECI has been working on an E-Governance vision 2020 to provide inclusive, integrated single window view of services to all stakeholders in all phases of the electoral cycle.
Apart from the lead presentation from India by Mr. Sandeep Saxena, Deputy Election Commissioner, country presentations were also made by Albania, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Dominican Republic, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Romania, Republic of Korea, South Africa and Bosnia & Herzegovina.