EC and Russia`s CEC to sign MoU

The Memorandum of Understanding follows a long tradition of bilateral exchanges and cooperation between the two Electoral Commissions.

Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010, 00:46 AM IST

New Delhi: Election Commission and
Russia`s Central Election Commission will tomorrow sign a MoU
on cooperation in the field of elections that will covers
exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of
organisational and technical development of electoral process.

The MoU will be signed by Chief Election Commissioner
of India S Y Quraishi and the Chairman of the Central Election
Commission of Russian Federation Vladimir Yevgenyvich Churov.

The Memorandum of Understanding follows a long
tradition of bilateral exchanges and cooperation between the
two Electoral Commissions, an official release said tonight.

The Russian Commission has evinced keen interest in
the various electoral management systems followed by Election
Commission of India, especially the Electronic Voting Machines
(EVMs), the statement said.

The proposed MoU between the two Commissions covers
exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of
organizational and technical development of electoral process,
support in exchanging information, materials, expertise and
organising training of personnel and facilitating
relationships with other electoral authorities and
organizations.

It will also cover exchange of knowledge and
experience in the field of production and distribution of
materials pertaining to electoral systems, voting technology,
voters` education and awareness and increasing the
participation of women, minorities and invalids in the
electoral process.

The Election Commission of India has already signed
MoUs with the United Nations and the National Election
Management Bodies of Cote D` Ivoire, Mexico, Bhutan,
Afghanistan and Brazil.

PTI

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