EC turns 60, invites heads of global electoral bodies
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 18:42
New Delhi: As it turns 60 next week and is set to celebrate its achievements in the conduct of free and fair elections in the country, the Election Commission (EC) has received a request from neighbouring Pakistan to share its experience in the field.

Pakistan Chief Election Commissioner Justice Hamid Ali Mirza, who is among several heads of electoral bodies invited for EC's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, would be holding bilateral talks with Election Commissioners here.

"Pakistan has requested and the Commission has agreed for bilateral talks. Several delegations have also requested for sharing the Indian experience and processes of poll management," Akshay Raut, EC's Director General (Information), said while briefing reporters on the programme of celebrations to be inaugurated by President Pratibha Patil on January 25.

Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would also attend the function on the opening day.

Nearly 40 heads of electoral bodies from across the globe, majority of whom being from the Commonwealth countries including South Asian neighbours have agreed to attend the functions, he said, adding representative from all SAARC countries besides those from the United States and Russia would be attending.

While the President would release a commemorative stamp on the occasion, the Vice President would release a 250-page book titled "Reinforcing Indian Democracy - Lok Sabha Election 2009".

The EC would also hold an international symposium on "Sharing Best Electoral Practices" on January 27.


First Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 18:42

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