Election Commission convenes conference to share experiences of recent assembly elections. EC convenes conference to share experience of recent assembly elections

Digital Desk, New Delhi. The Election Commission on Thursday launched a conference of all Chief Electoral Officers of States and Union Territories with an aim to share experiences and learnings from the recently held five Assembly elections.

During the two-day seminar, thematic discussions will be held on Election Planning, Expenditure Monitoring, Electoral Roll, IT Applications, Data Management, EVM/VVPAT, Timely Redressal of Grievances, SVEEP Strategy and Voter Outreach and Media & Communication.

Addressing the gathering, CEC Sushil Chandra said that such conferences are an excellent platform to share experiences and learn from each other. Praising the Chief Electoral Officers, he further said that the elections in these five states, held amid the pandemic, were exemplary and had no previous precedent or reference.

He said the extraordinary circumstances demanded extraordinary solutions by banning physical rallies, promoting digital publicity and conducting weekly reviews of the situation with important stakeholders. The CEC emphasized the need to continuously upgrade the services for voters throughout the entire election process from registration to voting.

Noting that CEOs are the face of the Commission in the States, he encouraged them to ensure that they are accessible and visible to all stakeholders. He also urged the CEOs to strengthen their outreach and communication to showcase their best practices and innovations in election management to the world.

Sushil Chandra also praised Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, who has been appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner, and expressed hope that the Election Commission will achieve greater heights under his leadership.

In his remarks, Rajiv Kumar said that with the mandate provided by the Constitution, the Election Commission has developed extremely strong internal mechanisms and practices to ensure that elections are conducted in a free, fair, accessible and participatory manner for every voter. be organized. Describing his experience of holding elections in Bihar for the first time till the recent assembly elections in five states amid the pandemic, he said the journey has been full of challenges.

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