India elected VC of association of Asian election
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 19:55
New Delhi: India has been unanimously elected as the vice-chairman of Association of Asian Election Authorities (AAEA), an organisation conceived to promote and institutionalise open and transparent elections in Asian countries, at its general assembly held in Seoul on Thursday.

The meeting also agreed on the necessity of establishing an Association of World Election Bodies.

"The name of Chief Election Commissioner of India, SY Qureshi, was proposed as Vice Chair by the Chief Election Commissioner of Bhutan and received enthusiastic support from other member countries," a statement issued by the Election Commission said here.

India takes over this responsibility from the Republic of Korea, which becomes the chairman for a three-year term. India is a founder member of this 17-member Association.

Qureshi is accompanied by Akshay Rout, Director General at the Election Commission of India, at the meet.

Before the meeting began, Qureshi led the other members in thanking the outgoing chair Taiwan.

Several regional associations of National Election Authorities and observers from election management bodies of other continents also attended the AAEA general assembly.

The Asian Election Authorities at the meeting agreed on the necessity of establishing an Association of World Election Bodies, and decided to set up a working group to implement this proposal.

The interim name of this association has been decided as Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB), following a suggestion of Qureshi.

The working group will deliberate on the shape, vision, structural organisation and work plan of the proposed A-WEB.

It will also contact other regional associations of election management bodies and individual election authorities to facilitate early constitution of A-WEB.

The AAEA was conceived to promote and institutionalise open and transparent elections, independent and impartial election authorities, professionalising Asian election authorities, citizen participation in the electoral and civic process, information sharing, and the development of resources for election-related information and research.


First Published: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 19:55

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