India Election Diary 2014: Voting Rights for TransgendersVoices of members of transgender community from Karnataka, India who voted for the first time 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.
India Election Diary 2014: Learning from India’s ExperienceA 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.
India’s Growth Story Synonymous with Innovations and TechnologyIn a message to the participants of the E-Gov Campus 2013, Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative reiterates the importance of technology in reducing poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The Resident Coordinator also stresses the need to do more to use technology and e-governance for sustainable development and to ensure that nations are able to collaborate better for a shared future.
India Election Diary 2014: World’s Biggest Elections Come to an EndVaranasi, 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.
Sharing Electoral Excellence with India's NeighboursIn October 2014, the west Indian state of Maharashtra held elections to the state assembly, where an estimated 52 million voted for over 4000 candidates. On this occasion, UNDP and the Election Commission of India facilitated the visit of a delegation of Election Management Bodies from seven South Asian countries to 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 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.
India Election Diary 2014: Women Vote in Large Numbers in ShimlaWomen 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.