Indian election commission assures support to ECB

The Election Commission of India has assured all possible help to Bhutan in managing its polls.

Chief Election Commissioner of India V.S. Sampath assured his Bhutanese counterpart Kunzang Wangdi on Saturday (7 June) all possible support in election management in that country, said a statement.

A three-member delegation, led by Wangdi, visited the Indian Election Commission and met Sampath “to enhance bilateral cooperation”.

“Both sides discussed work placement of ECB (Election Commission of Bhutan) young officers with Election Commission, exchange of Indo-Bhutan seminars on democracy and elections,” the statement said.

“Study tours for Bhutanese officers, training of electoral officers by EC resource people and extension of support to an electoral resource centre in Thimpu were also discussed,” it added.

Wangdi along with his colleagues, also visited the parliament to witness the day’s proceedings.

The two poll panels have an active memorandum of understanding and Bhutanese election officials have been receiving regular training at Indian election commission. Bhutan also uses the Indian electronic voting machines.

Recently, three officials from ECB witnessed the general polls through field visits and learnt about the various technological tools used in election management.

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