Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - NEC: IT plays important role in Indian parliamentary election

NEC: IT plays important role in Indian parliamentary election

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The National Election Commission (NEC) recently joined an online international election observation programme with more than 40 other countries. NEC

NEC: IT plays important role in Indian parliamentary election

The National Election Committee (NEC) on November 12 highlighted the role of information technology (IT) in elections after observing an online parliamentary election in the Bihar state of India from November 5-7.

NEC spokesman Dim Sovannarom told The Post that observing the election was an opportunity to learn about good election practices and the use of IT.

He said having attentively observed the three-day online election from Cambodia, the NEC was of the view that IT played an important role in the electoral process in India. He said almost all stages of the electoral process had been equipped with information and communications technology (ICT) with a Systematic Voter Education and Electoral Participation Programme (SVEEP).

Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) were used for the election as 73 million voters cast their ballots in a short time with little risk of voter fraud.

He said EVMs were tested before the election and recognised by political party observers who were present at the electoral offices.

It is the first time the NEC had the opportunity to observe an election online. It recently joined an online international election observation programme with more than 40 other countries.

Korng Savang, the senior observer of the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (Comfrel), said each country has different ways of managing elections and NEC should learn from various countries. The organisation of a multi-party liberal democracy election was important, he said.

“NEC should learn more about the positives while they experience elections held amid a pandemic. While it is impossible to know whether such an online election is flawed or not, it is okay to gain experience from the observation,” he said.

He said the good experience can be applied to elections in Cambodia in the future.

The NEC said Bihar has 243 assembly constituencies, of which 71 seats went to the polls on October 28, 94 went on November 3 and 78 on November 7.

The outcome of the election in the state was announced after the ballots had been counted by the National Election Committee of India on November 10. The results showed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had received most of the seats in the Bihar Legislative Assembly.

MOST VIEWED

  • Second Hungary business forum set for H2

    Cambodia has asked Hungary to provide GSP- (Generalised System of Preferences) Plus facilities for when the Kingdom sheds its least-developed country (LDC) label, as the two countries prepare to hold a second business forum in the second half (H2) of this year to expand trade

  • Thai boxers to join SEA Games’ Kun Khmer event

    The Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) – together with the Kun Khmer International Federation (KKIF) and Khmer Boxing Federation – have achieved a “great success” by including Kun Khmer in the upcoming biennial multi-sports event on its home soil for the first time, said a senior

  • Bullets to bracelets: Siem Reap man makes waste from war wearable

    Jewellery is often made from valuable gemstones like emeralds or diamonds and precious metals like gold or silver, or valueless things like animal horns. But a man in Siem Reap has approached the manufacture of delicate pieces from a different angle. His unique form of

  • Nearly 50 states join Kun Khmer Federation, all set for training

    In a little over a week, the Kun Khmer International Federation (KKIF) has accepted membership requests from 20 new nations, in addition to the exiting 29. The sudden influx of international recognition stems from the Kingdom’s successful introduction of Kun Khmer to the 32nd Souheast Asian (

  • 61% of 2022 imports came from just 3 markets

    The three largest exporters to Cambodia – mainland China, Vietnam and Thailand – accounted for 60.94 per cent of the Kingdom’s total merchandise imports last year, at $18.245 billion, which was up 11.99 per cent over 2021, according to the General Department of Customs and Excise. Cambodia’s total imports

  • CPP sets out five primary strategic goals for 2023-28

    The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) on January 29 concluded its two-day extraordinary congress, setting the party’s priority goals for 2023-2028. The ruling party’s congress was attended by more than 3,000 members from across the Kingdom, including the members of the permanent and central committees,