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Election Commission
21-December-2010 19:57 IST
MoU on Mutual Understanding and Cooperation in the Field of Elections Between the Election Commission of India and the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation

PRESS NOTE


The Election Commission of India and the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation today signed a Memorandum of Understanding on mutual understanding and cooperation in the field of elections in New Delhi. The Memorandum was signed by the Chief Election Commissioner of India Dr. S. Y. Quraishi and the Chairman of the Central Election Commission of Russian Federation H.E. Mr. Vladimir Yevgenyvich Churov in the presence of Dr. Man Mohan Singh, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and H.E. Mr. Dmitry Medvedev, President of Russian Federation. The Memorandum of Understanding follows a long tradition of bilateral exchanges and cooperation between the two Electoral Commissions.

The MoU between the two Commissions covers exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of organizational and technical development of electoral process, support in exchanging information, materials, expertise and organizing training of personnel, facilitating relationships with other electoral authorities and organizations, production and distribution of materials pertaining to electoral systems, voting technology, voters’ education and awareness and increasing the participation of women, minorities and invalids in the electoral process. There are provisions for identifying and evaluating priority areas of cooperation in organizational and technical field of activities and recommending and preparing instruments designed to identify activities, programmes and projects to be executed.

After signing of the MoU, a bilateral meeting was held between Chief Election Commissioner, Dr. S. Y. Quraishi and H.E. Mr. Churov. Mr. H.S. Brahma, Election Commissioner of India was also present. Dr. Quraishi offered ECI’s training facilities to Russian election officials and also invited them to witness the conduct of elections in various states in the country next year. In response, Mr Churov said, a Russian delegation would visit India during the next schedule of elections. The Chairman of the Russian CEC invited Dr. Quraishi to Russia to see the technological upgradation at polling stations and also their experience with electronic voting system. The two heads of Commissions discussed further details of cooperation including voting by non-resident citizens, measures of voters education and means to reduce cost of voting etc.

A copy of the MOU is enclosed.

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Copy of MoU Between the Election Commission of India and the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation

The Election Commission of India and the Central Election Commission of Russian Federation, hereinafter called as the “Parties”

Taking into account relationship formed between the Parties;

Reaffirming commitment to democracy and reposing faith in free and fair democratic process and generally accepted norms of human rights;

Seeking to strengthen democratic institution in order to improve electoral management and administration;

Considering the need to build on experience gained by the parties and exchange expertise and other professional information;

Acknowledging the need to establish a mechanism for cooperation in the design and implementation of the electoral process; and for exchange, mutual consultation and cooperation in the field of electoral management and administration;

Hereby agreed as follows:

Article 1

The Parties undertake to promote cooperation, on mutually agreed terms and conditions in the mutually identified priority areas in the field of electoral management and administration, including:

-Promotion of exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of organizational and technical development of electoral process, with a view to developing the practice of management and administration;

-Support in exchanging information, materials, expertise and organizing training of personnel;

-Facilitating relationships with other electoral authorities and organizations;

-Production and distribution of materials pertaining to electoral systems, voting technology, voters’ education and awareness, participation of women, minorities, invalids, enhancing participation in electoral process; and

-Any other modality of cooperation as mutually agreed by the parties.

Article 2

With a view to maintaining an appropriate mechanism for implementation and follow up this Memorandum, the Parties shall conduct regular consultations on the following issues :

-Identifying and evaluating priority areas of cooperation in particular organizational and technical fields of activity;

-Recommending and preparing instruments designed to identify activities, programmes and projects to be executed, as well as arrangements for their implementations;

-Overseeing proper observance of and compliance with this Memorandum;

Article 3

Nothing in this Memorandum shall, in any way, prevent either Party from entering into bilateral agreements with other countries on matters covered under this MOU

Article 4

In the implementation of this Memorandum, the parties, shall conclude Project Documents for organizational and technical cooperation activities, setting out the terms and conditions of such cooperation, the financial resources required and also the legal status of the personnel involved.

Article 5

Any dispute between the Parties relating to the interpretation and application of this Memorandum shall be settled by negotiations or other mutually agreed mode of settlement

Article 6

This Memorandum may be changed or amended by written agreement between the Parties

Article 7

This Memorandum shall enter into force on the date of its signature and shall remain in force until terminated by either Party upon written notice