Asian Election Authority – Today Current Affairs
- India has been unanimously elected as the new President of the Association of Asian Election Authorities (AAEA) for the year 2022-2024 in the recently held meeting of the Executive Board and General Assembly in Manila, Philippines.
- The newly added members to the Executive Board include Russia, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Taiwan and the Philippines.
Today Current Affairs
- It was established in pursuance of a resolution passed by the participants of the Symposium on Asian Elections in the 21st Century, held in Manila, Philippines in the year 1998 from 26-29 January 1997.
- There are currently 20 members of the AAEA, the Asian election monitoring body.
- The Election Commission of India is the founder and member of the ‘Election Monitoring Body’ of AAEA and also served as Vice President on the Executive Board of AAEA during 2011-13 and President during 2014-16.
- The AAEA is also an associate member of the 118-member Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB).
Objective of AAEA : The Hindu Analysis
- To provide a non-partisan forum in the Asian region for sharing of experience and best practices among election officials.
- To discuss and act on ways to promote open and transparent elections with a view to supporting good governance and democracy.
India’s role in AAEA : The Hindu Analysis
- India has regularly organized several international training programs for member countries at the International Institute for Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM).
- Since 2019, IIIDEM has been instrumental in training over 250 officers from AAEA member countries.
- ECI has also organized International Election Visitors Program (IEVP) for member countries and International Virtual Election Visitors Program (IEVP), which was organized during the assembly elections in the year 2022.
Election Commission of India : The Hindu Analysis
- The Election Commission of India (ECI) is a constitutional body envisaged to uphold the values of equality, fairness, freedom enshrined in the Constitution of India and the rule of law under superintendence, direction and control over electoral governance.
- Part XV of the Indian Constitution deals with elections and provides for the establishment of the ECI.
- Articles 324 to 329 of the Constitution deal with the powers, functions, tenure, eligibility etc. of the Commission and its members. The Hindu Analysis
- The members of the ECI are appointed by the President of India on the basis of the recommendations of the Prime Minister.
- However, Article 324(2) provides that Parliament is empowered to make laws regarding the appointment of Election Commissioners (ECs).