Supporting Democratic Electoral Management



 

The project aims to promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences in the field of election management and administration with other developing countries through the Election Commission of India. It also seeks to support the newly established India International Institute on Democracy and Electoral Management (IIIDEM) as a training and resource centre to meet the demand for capacity development on electoral management from other countries.

Achievements

What Have We Accomplished So Far[Photo: Ronny Sen/UNDP India]
  • Facilitated the visit of representatives from the Election Commissions of 20 countries to witness management of India’s 2014 national elections

  • Facilitated the visit of delegates from seven countries from Africa and the Middle East during assembly elections of Nov 2013 to better understand India’s electoral processes

  • ECI participation in the Electoral Cycle Regional Community of Practice meetings in Cairo and Manila enabled sharing of experiences with participating Asian and Arab countries on issues related to election management bodies, reform and management;

  • Supported participation of ECI in a seminar on Electoral Management Bodies and Democratic Reform in Mexico in Sept 2011 and in South Asia Regional Conference on Women’s Political Leadership in Bangladesh in Oct 2011;

  • Facilitated participation of ECI in a workshop on ‘Information Technology and Elections Management: Informed Decisions for Sustainable Outcomes’ in March 2012 in Mombasa, Kenya;

  • Provided support to the newly established IIIDEM in order to make it a premier training resource center that will meet the demand of capacity development on election management from other countries. UNDP supported the training of election management body officials of Maldives and Nepal in 2012 at IIIDEM and supported in the setting up of a library resource center;

  • Facilitated the first ever consultation with civil society organizations and the Election Commission of India that enabled collaboration between ECI and CSOs;

  • Facilitated participation of senior ECI officials to Australia for a consultation with the Australian Electoral Commission in developing a strategy to address problems relating to urban registration and urban apathy in Electoral process;

  • Facilitated participation of ECI to attend the 6th Global Electoral Organization Conference in Seoul, Korea in Oct 2013

Funding Support by



Donor Name Amount Contributed
United Nations Development Programme US$ 1,000,000


Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Year

Year Amount
2015 US$ 350,677.74
2014 US$ 474,589
2013 US$ 185,245

 

 

Photo Essays

Learning across South Asia: Strengthening Electoral Management; Strengthening Democracy

October 2014
Learning across South Asia: Strengthening Electoral Management; Strengthening Democracy
India’s experience in conducting the largest democratic elections in the world is well known and its one, that other countries in the world continue to learn from. In October 2014, Maharashtra, a state in west India with a population the size of Mexico, held elections to the state assembly. With approximately 52 million estimated to have voted for over 4000 candidates in the fray, a delegation of Election Management Bodies from seven countries in South Asia visited the city of Pune to witness the counting of votes. They included the Election Commissioners and senior Electoral Officers of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

India Election Diary 2014: The Final Phase

12 May 2014
India Election Diary 2014: The Final Phase

Varanasi, situated on the banks of river Ganges in Uttar Pradesh was one of the cities that went  to polls in the ninth and the final phase of India’s marathon 2014 national elections on 12 May. The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Mauritius accompanied by Lise Grande, UNDP Resident Representative were in the city to witness India’s impressive electoral management.

India Election Diary 2014: Voting in the Himalayas

09 May 2014
India Election Diary 2014: Voting in the Himalayas
Delegates from eight countries of the League of Arab Nations, Kenya, Uganda, Myanmar and Bhutan engaged with election officials, visited polling booths and interacted with voters to understand how the world’s largest election is being managed.

India Election Diary 2014: Voting Young

30 April 2014
India Election Diary 2014: Voting Young
Managing the largest elections in the world is an exercise of monumental proportions. A delegation from India's south Asian neighbor, Nepal is in Howrah, West Bengal to engage more closely with election officials on how India is managing these elections.

India Election Diary 2014: Glimpses from Agra as Representatives from Lesotho, Nigeria and Malaysia Look On

24 April 2014
India Election Diary 2014: Lesotho, Nigeria and Malaysia Witness Massive Administrative Convergence
3.3 million people voted in Agra, Uttar Pradesh on 24 April 2014. Representatives from the Election Commissions of Lesotho, Nigeria and Malaysia were in the city to observe the country’s impressive election management. The Election Commission of India and UNDP are facilitating the participation of 20 countries from across the world to learn more about electoral management.

Videos

India Election Diary 2014 - Women Vote in Large Numbers in Shimla

India Election Diary 2014: Women Vote in Large Numbers in Shimla
Women came out in large numbers to vote in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh in the eighth phase of India’s 2014 general elections. Delegates from eight countries of the League of Arab Nations, Kenya, Uganda, Myanmar and Bhutan were in the city to learn how India manages its elections. The visit was facilitated by the Election Commission of India and UNDP as part of the partnership on supporting electoral management.

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India Election Diary 2014: Young People are an Important Constituency
Members of Nepal’s Election Commission visited Howrah district in West Bengal to witness the seventh phase of the India’s 16th national elections. The delegation visited a polling centre manned entirely by women in Howrah, demonstrating the important role women play in managing the electoral process. Since 2009, more than 100 million new names have been added to voter lists, a huge proportion of which are young voters. Over 50 percent of India’s population is under 25 and young people are an important constituent in these elections.

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India Election Diary 2014: The Power of Convergence
Seamless convergence between central and state government agencies, local municipalities and Central Armed Police forces was on display for an international delegation of election officials from Lesotho, Malaysia and Nigeria that travelled to Uttar Pradesh to witness India’s general elections. 

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India Election Diary 2014: Learning from India’s Experience
A delegation from Namibia’s Election Commission visited the state of Karnataka in south India to learn how electronic voting can be an important tool in its forthcoming general elections. UNDP facilitated the visit as part of its partnership with the Election Commission of India to further South-South cooperation on electoral management. An estimated 830 million voters are exercising their votes in the 2014 national elections, the world’s biggest democratic exercise. 

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India Election Diary 2014: Voting Rights for Transgenders
Voices of members of transgender community from Karnataka, India who voted as ‘others’ in the 2014 national elections. In 2009, the Election Commission of India had issued a directive allowing a third gender choice – "other" – on voter registration forms.

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India Election Diary 2014: World’s Biggest Elections Come to an End
Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world went to polls in the final phase of India’s national elections. As the world’s largest democratic exercise came to a close, 67 percent of an estimated 830 million voters had cast their ballot across the country. Witnessing the elections were 43 members of electoral commissions from developing countries who were invited by the Election Commission of India and UNDP as part of a learning programme on electoral management. 

Stories of Change

India Election Diary 2014: Himalayan Polls Inspire Senior Electoral Officers From The Global South

07 May 2014
India Election Diary 2014: Himalayan Polls Inspire Senior Electoral Officers From The Global South

Delegates from eight countries of the League of Arab Nations, Bhutan, Kenya, Myanmar and Uganda interacted with Election Officials from Himachal Pradesh, the district administration and local voters to better understand how India’s mountain state is preparing to secure the votes of 4.8 million people. 

India’s Young Voters Impress Nepal’s Poll Officials

30 April 2014
India’s Young Voters Impress Nepal’s Poll Officials
Howrah - The palpable excitement of first-time voters, the high turnout of women electorate and the sheer scale of polling enthralled the 14-member electoral delegation from Nepal, which visited Howrah district in West Bengal to witness the seventh phase of the India’s 16th national elections.  

In the Land of the Taj Mahal, India’s Democracy in Action

India Election Diary 2014: In the Land of the Taj Mahal, India’s Democracy in Action
Agra, April 24 
 - 3.3 million people were eligible to vote in Agra, Uttar Pradesh in the sixth phase of the general elections in India. Representatives from the Election Commissions of Lesotho, Nigeria and Malaysia were in the city on 23-24 April to witness massive administrative convergence required to organize elections in the country. UNDP and ECI are supporting 20 countries on electoral management.

India Election Diary 2014: Namibia’s Electoral Team Studies the Elections

India Election Diary 2014: Namibia’s Electoral Team Studies the Elections
Bangalore, April 17 -A seven member delegation from the Election Commission of Namibia visited Bangalore, Karnataka on 17 April 2014 to witness the country’s impressive election management. The visit was organized as part of a partnership between UNDP and ECI to further South-South cooperation on electoral management.

Managing Elections; Strengthening Democracy - Learning from the India ExperiencePhoto: Zubeni Lotha/UNDP India]

Managing Elections; Strengthening Democracy - Learning from the India Experience
Over 36 million people voted in state elections in Delhi and Rajasthan. Their progress was watched by a delegation of representatives from seven countries including Iraq, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Senegal and the Gambia. This sharing of knowledge and experience was made possible through a partnership between the Election Commission of India and the United Nations Development Programme which aims to support electoral management in other development countries. 

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