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India invites Pak for conference on voter education

Ashwini Phadnis New Delhi | Updated on January 16, 2018

India has extended an invitation to Pakistan for an international conference on Voter education for inclusive, informed and ethical participation which opens here on Tuesday.

However, Pakistan is yet to accept an invitation to attend the first ever global conference on 'Voter education for Inclusive, Informed and Ethical participation,’ which opens here on October 19.

"Pakistan has been invited but is yet to accept the invitation. Election management bodies of 27 countries will converge for the conference,” Umesh Sinha, Deputy Election Commissioner said on Monday. Sinha declined to get into specifics about which other countries were yet to confirm their participation in the conference.

Relations between India and Pakistan have been in a state of freeze since India carried out a surgical strike on September 29. The strike was in retaliation to various incursions from across the border including the attack in Uri on a military camp.

The main purpose of the conference is to learn from each other’s experience by way of sharing best practices, policies and initiatives of voter education by election management bodies, governments and non-government institutions across the globe.

The conference will deliberate on five topics including `Electoral literacy to enhance participation by special categories of voters’, `Role of ICT in voter education’ and `Strategies for Informed and Ethical voting.’

Published on October 17, 2016

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