Mr. V.S. Sampath visits Yemen in response to the invitation offered by Judge Mohammed Hussain Al-Hakimi, President of Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum (SCER), Republic of Yemen, Mr. V.S. Sampath, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India will discuss with the Yemeni authorities the experience of India in the election systems and the opportunity of India to help Yemen in this part.
India being the largest functional democracy in the world and, given India’s vast experience in the conduct of free and fair elections over a period of 6 decades, and also in putting to use successfully modern technologies in conduct of elections and declaration of election results, Yemen had sought India’s expertise and cooperation.
CEC had bilateral talks with President of SCER and SCER member Judges. Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by CEC and President of SCER. MoU seeks cooperation between India and Yemen in the entire gamut election management, electoral roll preparations, capacity building across the spectrum of elections, among others.
CEC extended an invitation to SCER President to send a delegation to India to witness firsthand the conduct of elections in April 2014 when India will go to polls for electing a new parliament. CEC expressed readiness of Election Commission of India to support SCER in the electoral process based on experience gained in elections held for various bodies from Parliamentary to State Legislature Elections.
CEC met President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi and discussed bilateral cooperation in the field of election management and cooperation between India and Yemen. CEC assured India’s assistance to Yemen in the electoral process of Yemen as India and Yemen have strong historical ties and are friendly nations.
CEC also met Chairman of Judicial Council Judge Dr Ali Nasser Salem.