• India has been elected as the new Chair of the Association of Asian Election Authorities (AAEA) for 2022-2024.
• India was elected at the meeting of the executive board and general assembly at Manila, the Philippines.
• Commission on Elections, Manila was the chair of AAEA.
• The new members in the executive board now include Russia, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Taiwan and the Philippines.
• India is a founding member of AAEA. The Election Commission of India served on the Executive Board of the AAEA as the vice chair during 2011-13 and Chair during 2014-16.
Association of Asian Election Authorities (AAEA)
• In pursuance of the resolution passed by participants of the Symposium on Asian Elections in the Twenty First Century held in January 1997 in Manila, the Association of Asian Election Authorities (AAEA) was established in 1998.
It was conceived to promote and institutionalise:
• Open and transparent elections.
• Independent and impartial election authorities.
• Professionalisation of Asian election authorities.
• Citizen participation in the electoral and civic process.
• Information sharing.
• The development of resources for election-related information and research.
• These objectives can be achieved through an exchange of experiences and information relating to election law and procedure, technology, administrative practice, and voter/civic education programmes among Asian election administrators and civic leaders.
AAEA has 20 member-countries.
• South Korea
• Papua New Guinea
• The Philippines
• Sri Lanka
• The Secretariat is the permanent organ of the Association. It performs the functions assigned to it in the present Charter and shall carry out the duties entrusted to it by the General Assembly and the Executive Board.