India, Bhutan sign MoU on electoral cooperation
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 18:57
New Delhi: India and Bhutan have extended their cooperation on electoral cooperation and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Chief Election Commissioners of both the countries.

As per the MoU, signed between India's Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi and Chief Election Commissioner of Bhutan Dasho Kunzang Wangdi, the two countries have agreed to exchange knowledge and experience, information, material, expertise and technical knowhow, training of personnel and development of human resources in electoral matters for a period of five years.

The two have also decided to take up joint initiatives and provide assistance to others.

Quraishi had visited Bhutan from September 16 to 18 on an invitation of Dasho Kunzang Wangdi for strengthening cooperation between the two Election Commissions. He was accompanied by EC Director General Akshay Rout.

Quraishi also offered to create a SAARC Resource Centre at the India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIDEM) for preserving and nurturing election-related documentation in relation to SAARC countries.

Bhutan's CEC welcomed the idea and presented the first set of documents for this Resource Centre. He also requested for training of their newly-inducted officers through IIDEM platform in India, to which Quraishi agreed and offered to train Bhutanese election officials during the process of forthcoming state elections.

Impressed by the initiative of Election Commission of Bhutan in engaging school children for educating and persuading their parents to take part in the electoral process, Quraishi said he would seek to adopt the model in India.

Election Commission of Bhutan also organised field visits for the Indian delegation to give them a first-hand appreciation of district-level election functionaries.

Quraishi also paid a courtesy call on the officiating Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonpo Yeshy Zimba, during which both sides exchanged views on strengthening electoral, democratic and governance processes between India and Bhutan.


First Published: Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 18:57

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