Managing Elections; Strengthening Democracy - Learning from the India Experience

November 2013

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, 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. 

Highlights

  • Delegates from seven countries from Africa and the Middle East visited India during assembly elections of Nov 2013 to better understand the country’s electoral processes
  • As part of the visit, the delegates visited dispatch centres from where electoral machinery is deployed; voting centres with electronic voting machines; and interacted with ECI officials
  • The visit was part of UNDP’s partnership with ECI that shares knowledge and experiences on election management with countries of the South
  • Rajasthan and Delhi witnessed record turnouts, over 65% in Delhi and 75% in Rajasthan

India has over six decades of experience in conducting some of the largest elections in mankind. It’s a shining example of a country that overcomes tremendous odds, to consistently bring more and more people each year to the ballot box, through a process that is efficient, quick and uses technology for the advantage of its citizens.   

It’s an example of excellence that other developing countries and new democracies are learning from. In November 2013, Rajasthan and Delhi, two states in the heartland of North India held elections to the state government. 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 in India which aims to support electoral management in other development countries.

Both Rajasthan and Delhi witnessed record turnouts, over 65% in Delhi and 75% in Rajasthan.  More than 36 million people voted across the states under the watchful gaze of tens of thousands of police, election officials and paramilitary soldiers deployed to ensure smooth and peaceful elections.

Delegates visited dispatch centres from where the electoral machinery is deployed to voting centres, polling centres with electronic voting machines where long queues were testimony to the success of widespread voter awareness programmes and interacted with Election Commission officials to better understand efficient and inclusive electoral management. 

Projects and Iniiatives
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.

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