New Delhi: CEC Rajiv Kumar along with EC Anup Chandra Pandey inaugurate two-day international conference
Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar along with Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey today inaugurated a two-day international conference in New Delhi. The theme of the conference is ‘Role, Framework, and Capacity of Election Management Bodies. In his keynote address at the inaugural ceremony, the CEC said that free, fair, inclusive, accessible, and inducement-free elections being a cornerstone of a democratic polity, is a precondition to peace and developmental dividends. These threshold concepts embody the understanding that sovereignty belongs to and flows from people of a country. He added that inclusivity also means adjusting inequalities, especially for women, Persons with Disabilities, senior citizens, young voters, and marginalized populations. The Conference is organized by Election Commission of India under Cohort on Election Integrity led by ECI, which was established as a follow on to the ‘Summit for Democracy’ held in December 2021.Mr Kumar while highlighting the idea of democracy in India said that democracy has always been a part of Indian ethos, a way of life. Diverse opinions, Dialogue, Discussions, accommodation, and non-aggression have been an intrinsic part of our culture. The CEC offered ECI’s expertise in Election Management to world democracies to take forward the Summit’s commitments to real outcomes.Addressing the conference, Ms. Elizabeth Jones, Charge d’Affaires, United States said relationship with India is most consequential. She added that the partnership is going stronger to address global challenges and to cooperate to bring peace, security, and prosperity across the world. She emphasized both US and India have significantly contributed to building up democratic institutions. She said ECI has made critical achievements in fostering democratic principles while delving into challenges.DG IIIDEM and Senior DEC Shri Dharmendra Sharma welcomed the delegates and representatives from Mauritius, Greece, Armenia, Spain, Nepal, Cabo Verde, Australia, Chile, and other countries to the two-day conference.
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