association-of-world-election-bodies-a-web-pib

Context: The Election Commission of India completes one year of Chairmanship of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB).

Analysis

  • A-WEB was established in October 2013 in Song-do, South Korea. The permanent secretariat of A-WEB is located at Seoul. 
  • A-WEB’s vision is to foster efficiency and effectiveness in conducting free, fair, transparent and participative elections worldwide.
  • Currently, the A-WEB has 115 members and 20 regional associations/ organisations as associate members. 
  • The members include 37 from Africa, 31 from America, 24 from Asia, 17 from Europe, and six from Oceania. 
  • ECI hosted the 4th General Assembly of A-WEB in Sep 2019 at Bengaluru and took over as Chair of A-WEB from Romania for 2019-21.
  • An India A-WEB Centre has been established at New Delhi, for world class documentation, research and training for sharing the best practices and capacity building of officials of A-WEB members.     
  • India is the largest democracy of the world while U.S. is the oldest.