Mauritian Election Commissioner in Goa to witness vote counting

Indo Asian News Service

Panaji, March 10 (IANS) Impressed by the innovations in the electoral processes in the coastal state, Mauritius's Election Commissioner Mohammad Irfan Abdool Rahman is in Goa to witness vote counting in the February 4 state assembly elections on Saturday.

Rahman is part of a two-member delegation, which includes the island nation's Principal Electoral Officer Dharmajay Mulloo.

The delegation met Chief Electoral Officer Kunal in Panaji on Friday, where it was given a detailed presentation of the election management and the innovations by the state's polling officials, including the introduction of pink polling stations for women and voter verified paper audit trail.

"The presentation included several initiatives taken up during conduct of elections like Enforcement of Model Code of Conduct and expenditure control guidelines through flying squads, monitoring of commercial establishments, effective closure of bars and liquor shops, monitoring of casinos and cash transactions," a statement issued by the Chief Electoral Officer on Friday said.

"The visiting dignitary appreciated the standardisation of election management processes in India and constant improvement and use of modern Information technology and social media tools to conduct elections and for voter education," the statement added.