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  2. CEC Shri Rajiv Kumar delivered keynote address as Chairperson AWEB at the opening ceremony of the 5th General Assembly of AWEB on October 19, 2022 at Cape town, South Africa. On the occassion also handed over the AWEB Flag to Electoral Commission of South Africa, the incoming chair for AWEB.
  3. Election Commissioner of India Sh. Anup Chandra Pandey on behalf of Asian Association of Electoral Authorities addressed an International Conference on ‘Safeguarding Election Management Bodies in the Age of Global Democratic Recession‘ organized by IEC South Africa on 20th October 2022 at Capetown,South Africa.
  4. CEC Shri Rajiv Kumar chaired Extraordinary meeting of the Executive Board of the Association of World Election Bodies (AWEB) at Capetown, South Africa on 18th October,2022. During the meeting, CEC Sh Rajiv Kumar along with other executive board members also released 4th issue of ‘AWEB India Journal of Elections’.
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    A-WEB India Journal of Elections Volume II Issue No 2 (October 2022-March 2023) Published in 2022 by the India A-WEB Centre Election Commission of India, Nirvachan Sadan Ashoka Road, New Delhi 110001 www.eci.gov.in https://indiaawebcentre.org/ Copyright © ECI All rights reserved with the Election Commission of India. The content of this document cannot be used without the valid approval from the publisher. (Title of the Journal has been verified by the RNI, Govt. Of India vide their letter No. 1357020, dated 21.8.2020 with Title Code DELENG19783)
  6. The Election Commission of India organized a conference with the Chief Electoral Officers of poll-gone and poll-going States/UTs at India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management, New Delhi. CEOs from other States/UT joined the conference via video-conferencing. On this occasion, the Commission also released the latest edition of A-WEB India Journal of Elections. It’s a prestigious international publication containing researched articles, papers & contributions from across the A-WEB community. A-WEB is the largest association of World Election Management Bodies.
  7. The Commission released the latest edition of A-WEB India Journal of Elections. It’s a prestigious international publication containing researched articles, papers & contributions from across the A-WEB community
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    A-WEB India Journal of Elections Volume II Issue No 1 (April-September 2022) Published in 2022 by the India A-WEB Centre Election Commission of India, Nirvachan Sadan Ashoka Road, New Delhi 110001 www.eci.gov.in http://indiaawebcentre.org/ Copyright © ECI All rights reserved with the Election Commission of India. The content of this document cannot be used without the valid approval from the publisher. (Title of the Journal has been verified by the RNI, Govt. Of India vide their letter No. 1357020, dated 21.8.2020 with Title Code DELENG19783)
  9. Election Commission of India hosted International Webinar on “Enhancing Electoral Participation of Women, PwDs & Senior Citizens: Sharing Best Practices & New Initiatives” on 26th November 2021 at New Delhi. The webinar marked the completion of 2 years of the Chairmanship of the A-WEB.
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    Ensuring the voting rights of Russian citizens with disabilities - Nikolay LEVICHEV Member of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation
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    A-WEB India Journal of Elections Volume I Issue No 1 Volume I Issue No 1 October 2021-March 2022 www.eci.gov.in http://indiaawebcentre.org/ Copyright © ECI All rights reserved with the Election Commission of India. The content of this document cannot be used without the valid approval from the publisher or the original publisher Registered with the Registrar of Newspapers of India under Regd. No. DELENG/2021/80689
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    Call For Papers: Volume III Issue 1 slated to be released in April 2023. Last date of submission of Contributions: 31 January 2023 Preferred date for receipt of Abstracts: 31 December 2022 A-WEB India Journal of Elections (Volume II Issue 2) has already been released on the eve of Extra Ordinary Meeting of the Executive Board of the A-WEB on 18 October 2022 at Cape Town in South Africa. A copy has been made available at https://indiaawebcentre.org/ for our Esteemed Readership. Process for Print copies has been started and all efforts will be made to for making the Print Version available early. Contribution in the form of Research Papers, Articles and Book Reviews etc is invited from the Members of Election Management Bodies and Partner Organizations of the A-WEB; Institutions of Excellence, Practitioners, Eminent Writers, Academia and Researchers for publication in the next Issue of the AWI-JOE slated to be released in April 2023. Manuscripts may be submitted as per the timelines to International Cooperation Division, of the Election Commission of India eci.intl.coop@gmail.com Contributors are requested to carefully go through the detailed guidelines mentioned in the CFP and the Author Guide while preparing the manuscripts. For any queries please contact: Pramod Kumar Sharma, Principal Secretary, International Cooperation Division, Election Commission of India, New Delhi 110001 V. K. Sharma, Consultant, International Cooperation Division, Election Commission of India, New Delhi 110001 eci.intl.coop@gmail.com
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    1. Conference Reader - ‘International Conference on ‘Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in Electoral Processes.’ (January 2018) This Conference Reader has been prepared to support and facilitate interaction at the ‘International Conference on ‘Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in Electoral Processes.’ as a part of the 8th National Voters’ Day celebrations. The Reader, starting with the conceptual framework and guidance contained in International Treaties, visits the initiatives and experience of different EMBs and International Institutions in addressing issues and challenges of inclusion of PwDs in electoral participation. 2. Proceedings of the International Conference on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Electoral Processes - Report ECI organized a single day International Conference on 24th January, 2018 on ‘Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Electoral Processes’ at New Delhi. The conference provided a robust platform for sharing the rich experience and consolidating the good work done in this area by different countries and international Institutions. This Conference Report has been prepared to consolidate the knowledge sharing from the interactions during the conference.
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    1. Conference Reader - International Conference on VOTER EDUCATION FOR INCLUSIVE, INFORMED & ETHICAL PARTICIPATION (October 2016) This Conference Reader has been prepared to facilitate the interaction during the three day International Conference on Voter Education for Inclusive, Informed and Ethical Participation. The Reader focuses on some of the fundamental concepts in the realm of democracy, electoral standards and the voter education followed by the readings, for each of the sessions (Sections 1-5), which reflect the strategies, approaches and systems developed and adopted by different countries for voter education besides the Introductory Note and Note on Issues and Challenges in respect of each of the thematic sessions of the Conference. Section 6 offers some Case studies. The Introductory Section deals with basic concepts and extends welcome to the Conference through sharing the Indian experience of voter education. International electoral standards emanate from the UDHR and ICCPR etc. Article 21of UDHR speaks of right to participation by all in forming the government in a country, will of the people to be to be basis of the authority, will to be expressed through periodic and genuine elections and elections to be conducted through universal and equal suffrage by secret vote. Article 25 of ICCPR is about participation and introduces human rights aspects into electoral process. Any system operating in a State must be compatible with the rights protected by Article 25 and must guarantee free expression of the will of the electors. The principle of one person, one vote, must apply. Participation, direct or indirect through freely elected representatives, is the fundamental connect with the base of substantive human rights. A voter is the central figure who elects in a democracy. Free and fair elections, characterized by inclusiveness, transparency, accountability, and competitiveness, are fundamental to democracy and the basis for democratic legitimacy. Elections are a process comprised of multiple steps. Elector confidence or the public confidence in each step of electoral process is vital to the credibility and integrity of an election and in turn the democratic polity. For electors, to choose their representatives through the ballot, it is essential that they are fully aware of all the steps and procedures of the electoral process and they are comfortably confident of making informed ballot decisions. In this context, voter education is of tremendous significance and import to the voters, the election management bodies and the contestants. And this is what forms the basis for voter education and its generic macro sphere that is civic education The UNCHR in its Handbook on Human Rights and Elections (1994) has spelt out the guiding principles on “Public Information and Voter Education.” The principles inter alia state that the funding and administration should be provided for objective, non-partisan voter education and information campaigns especially for new voters. The public should be well informed as to where, when and how to vote besides why voting is important. Voters must be confident in the integrity of the election process and their right to participate in it. Literature should be widely available in all national languages to help meaningful participation by all eligible voters. Multimedia methods should be employed to provide effective civic education to people. Voter education campaigns should cover the entire territory of the country. In this background, aims and objects of voter education must address the information and awareness needs of all categories of voters including the needs emerging from new technologies so that a voter feels confident and familiar with the entire electoral process. Voter education must be universal in coverage and address challenges of gender sensitivity, inclusion, voter apathy, youth engagement besides marginalized sections of society. Civic education, as compared to voter education, is a broader and generic concept aimed at conveying knowledge of a country’s political system; the organization, structure and the way it operates. Voter education is most effective when it integrates with civic education that puts the election into context for voters and provides an explanation of the election’s purpose, the surrounding issues, and their significance. Strategies and approach adopted for voter education may vary in different countries. EMB’s are primarily responsible for voter education; institutional arrangements and strategies for connect with the Voter. The government, the public and private media, political parties, nonpartisans including international organizations plays a vital supplementary role as stakeholders subject to overall guidelines of the EMB and strict conditions of non partisan approach. In India, ‘Systematic Voters’ Education & Electoral Participation’ (SVEEP) is the flagship programme of the ECI which addresses the voter education needs of over 834 million voters spread over 543 constituencies of the House of People and 4120 Assembly constituencies covering 30 States and Union Territories. Essentially an outreach based programme, it engages voters through multimedia under well designed strategies to connect with the grass roots of Indian democracy with its vertical impact going down to the voters spread over almost a million polling stations located in far flung villages, hamlets in rural areas and its capture of Indian diversity which generates the strength of India’s unity through its democratic polity 2. Proceedings of the International Conference on Voter Education for Inclusive, Informed and Ethical Participation A document on proceedings of the International Conference on ‘Voter Education for Inclusive, Informed and Ethical Participation’ held in New Delhi in October, 2016 with knowledge resources on voter education systems of EMB’s of well over two dozen countries, International Institutions and Experts.
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    The following associated files can be downloaded from this link: Mainstreaming of Electoral Literacy through Educational Institutions, Organisations & Communities in India Project Document on Electoral Literacy Clubs in India The importance of developing the practice of citizenship development for electoral participation is vital to investment in future of democracy. Citizenship development in a democracy is about developing effective electoral engagement, participation, making informed choices and ethical ballot decisions. In the given context, one of the key goals of society is to have an active democratic citizenry originating in integrated civic and voter education and electoral participation right from a young age. Young and Future Voters have been in focus across the democracies of the world for larger electoral participation through well designed electoral literacy programs.
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