11th Annual Meeting of the Forum of Election Management Bodies of South Asia

11th Annual meeting of the Forum of the Election Management Bodies of South Asia (FEMBoSA) for the year 2021 was inaugurated by Chief Election Commissioner of India & Chairman of FEMBoSA, Sushil Chandra.

Key Points

  • He was accompanied by Election Commissioners Rajeev Kumar and A.C. Pandey.
  • This virtual meeting was hosted by the Election Commission of Bhutan.
  • Meeting was participated by delegations from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka along with India.
  • During the meeting, Sushil Chandra noted that, FEMBoSA represents a very large part of democratic world. it is an active regional cooperation association of Election Management Bodies.
  • He shared India’s experience of conducting Assembly elections in Bihar Assam, Kerala, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry amid the COVID 19 pandemic.
  • He also highlighted the importance of technological advancements and its impact on election management. Technology is extensively used to make elections more participative, accessible and transparent.
  • According to him, ECI looks forward to strengthen its interaction with FEMBoSA member EMBs in order to promote activities of Forum in accordance with its objectives.

Logo of FEMBoSA

Logo of the FEMBoSA with golden pearls stands for eternal values of democracy, transparency, impartiality and cooperation.

Theme of the meeting

FEMBoSA meeting was held under the theme of ‘Use of Technology in Elections’.

Digitization of election process in India

Sushil Chandra highlighted that; election commission of India has digitized many processes by keeping pace with rapid strides of Technology. Technology driven processes have become more important during the Covid 19 situation as it is helping in minimizing person-to-person contact.

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