'Election Watch' programmes in 3 states by US consulate

Chennai: As people remained glued to TV sets to watch the US Presidential election outcome, the US Consulate General here Wednesday hosted 'Election Watch' programmes in three Southern cities for the Indian guests.

The programme organised in Chennai, Manipal and Thiruvananthapuram included live election coverage on big screens and in-depth analysis.

A mock polling booth where guests could vote for their favourite candidate, photo opportunities with life-size cut outs of the Presidential candidates and celebrity guests speaking about the impact on India of a new administration, vis-a-vis foreign policy, business relations and bilateral relations were highlights of the programme.

Elaborating on the significance of elections in a vibrant democracy, US Consul General at Chennai Jennifer McIntyre said regardless of the outcome of the election, India would remain a major strategic partner of the US.

"While US-India relations have been expanding for half a century, in this last decade, we have seen exponential growth in the cooperation between our two nations -- cooperation supported by both Democratic and Republican administrations", the diplomat said.