A high-level Parliamentary delegation from the Republic of Indonesia led by H.E. Mr. Fadli Zon, Vice Chairman of the House of Representatives, called upon the Election Commission of India. The delegation included two Members of Parliament, as well as senior officials from Parliament and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ambassador of Indonesia, H.E. Mr. Rizali Wilmar Indrakesuma and senior Embassy officials accompanied the delegation. The delegation met the Chief Election Commissioner, Dr. Nasim Zaidi and Election Commissioner, Mr. A. K. Joti.
Election Commissioner, Mr. Joti, in his welcome remarks, talked about the close relations between India and Indonesia, and briefed the visiting delegation about the innovations and initiatives introduced by the Election Commission of India in managing the Indian Elections. He stated that the Commission, as part of its sustained pursuit of excellence, had gradually introduced technological innovations, including the use of Electronic Voting Machines. These machines had been successfully used during the last three general elections and their reliability, authenticity and stability had been proven beyond doubt.
Chief Election Commissioner of India, Dr. Nasim Zaidi, in his welcome address, referred to the age-old and strong relationship between India and Indonesia, particularly in the political, cultural and commercial fields. He also spoke about the close cooperation between the Election Commissions of India and Indonesia, particularly in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2011 and their collaboration in the Association of Asian Election Authorities, currently chaired by India. He expressed ECI’s desire for further strengthening of the cooperation with the General Election Commission of Indonesia through further exchange of experiences and skills.
A power-point presentation was made to the Indonesian Delegation about the structure, role and work of ECI in managing the largest election exercise in the world. This was followed by screening of a short film on conduct of the General Election of 2014. The visiting delegates were also given a hands-on demonstration of the Electronic Voting Machine and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail equipment. The delegates evinced particular interest in the Electronic Voting Machine and were impressed by the use of voting and counting technology used by ECI.