• India Election Diary 2014: Voting Rights for Transgenders

    Voices of members of transgender community from Karnataka, India who voted for the first time as ‘others’ in the 2014 national elections. In 2009, the Election Commission of India had issued a directive allowing a third gender choice – "other" – on voter registration forms.

  • India Election Diary 2014: World’s Biggest Elections Come to an End

    Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world went to polls in the final phase of India’s national elections. As the world’s largest democratic exercise came to a close, 67 percent of an estimated 830 million voters had cast their ballot across the country. Witnessing the elections were 43 members of electoral commissions from developing countries who were invited by the Election Commission of India and UNDP as part of a learning programme on electoral management.

  • Experts on International Best Practices at the International Symposium on Excellence in Public Service/ Administration

    Watch outstanding global examples of best practices and reforms that have made a significant impact in improving public administration and public service delivery from across the world.

  • Sharing Electoral Excellence with India's Neighbours

    In October 2014, the west Indian state of Maharashtra held elections to the state assembly, where an estimated 52 million voted for over 4000 candidates. On this occasion, UNDP and the Election Commission of India facilitated the visit of a delegation of Election Management Bodies from seven South Asian countries to the city of Pune to witness the counting of votes. They included the Election Commissioners and senior Electoral Officers of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

  • India Election Diary 2014: Learning from India’s Experience

    A delegation from Namibia’s Election Commission visited the state of Karnataka in south India to learn how electronic voting can be an important tool in its forthcoming general elections. UNDP facilitated the visit as part of its partnership with the Election Commission of India to further South-South cooperation on electoral management. An estimated 830 million voters are exercising their votes in the 2014 national elections, the world’s biggest democratic exercise.

  • India Election Diary 2014: The Power of Convergence

    Seamless convergence between central and state government agencies, local municipalities and Central Armed Police forces was on display for an international delegation of election officials from Lesotho, Malaysia and Nigeria that travelled to Uttar Pradesh to witness India’s general elections.

  • India Election Diary 2014: Women Vote in Large Numbers in Shimla

    Women came out in large numbers to vote in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh in the eighth phase of India’s 2014 general elections. Delegates from eight countries of the League of Arab Nations, Kenya, Uganda, Myanmar and Bhutan were in the city to learn how India manages its elections. The visit was facilitated by the Election Commission of India and UNDP as part of the partnership on supporting electoral management.

  • India Election Diary 2014: India’s Young Voters Impress Nepal’s Poll Officials

    The palpable excitement of first-time voters, the high turnout of women electorate and the sheer scale of polling enthralled the 14-member electoral delegation from Nepal, which visited Howrah district in West Bengal to witness the seventh phase of the India’s 16th national elections.

  • Legal Protection Against Domestic Violence in India | भारत में घरेलु हिंसा के खिलाफ विविध सरंक्षण

    Estimates suggest 70 percent of women in India have withstood either physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. The video, produced in partnership with the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, reveals the different forms that domestic violence can take and importantly, the legal protection available to victims of this violence.

  • कानून को जाने - मंगला

    Mangla, an uneducated rural woman helped her son get bail for a crime he was wrongly accused of having committed and fought a case against her husband in a Lok Adalat. Her empowerment has been a result of free legal aid and counseling services available under the Legal Service Authority Act, 1987.