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The Chief Election Commissioner of India, Shri Rajiv Kumar, along with a delegation from the Election Commission of India (ECI), recently attended the 11th meeting of the Executive Board of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) in Cartagena, Colombia. The meeting provided an opportunity for Electoral management bodies (EMBs) from around the world to collaborate and address challenges affecting election integrity.
A-WEB and Learning
(Association of World Election Bodies) A-WEB plays a crucial role in promoting cooperation among (Electoral management body) EMB and facilitating the exchange of experiences and best practices. The association, which comprises 119 EMBs as members and 20 regional associations/organizations as associate members, provides a platform for EMBs to learn from one another and enhance their electoral management processes. By sharing expertise and strategies, EMBs can effectively address common challenges and improve election integrity globally.
Countering Fake Narratives
One of the pressing challenges discussed during the Executive Board meeting was the proliferation of fake narratives that undermine election integrity. EMBs have to work together through platforms like A-WEB to counter these narratives. By sharing knowledge and collaborating on effective strategies, EMBs can strengthen their defenses against misinformation and disinformation campaigns, ensuring transparent and trustworthy electoral processes.
Agenda Items and Outcomes
The Executive Board meeting covered various agenda items aimed at enhancing the capabilities of A-WEB and its member EMBs. Discussions revolved around the programs and activities planned for 2023-24, the annual progress report of A-WEB and its regional offices, the budget, and membership-related matters. During the meeting, CEC Shri Rajiv Kumar proposed two initiatives
- The establishment of an A-WEB portal to serve as a repository of electoral best practices.
- The introduction of A-WEB Global Awards to recognize EMBs’ significant contributions to democratic processes.
Both proposals were approved by the Executive Board, showcasing the commitment of A-WEB to promoting innovation and excellence in electoral management.
Bilateral Meeting with the National Election Commission of South Korea
On the sidelines of the A-WEB meeting, a bilateral meeting took place between the Election Commission of India and the National Election Commission of the Republic of Korea. The meeting focused on India’s Electronic Postal Ballot System, which has been established through a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two countries in 2012. The bilateral relationship between the two EMBs has fostered cooperation and regular exchanges, enabling the sharing of knowledge and experiences in election administration.
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