Lunch seminar

Elections in India

with Dr. S.Y. Quraishi
(Former Chief Election Commissioner of India)

Of all the wonders that India offers, perhaps, the most impressive and outstanding is the grand spectacle that takes place every five years, which also stands as an epitome to India’s strong democratic values and traditions – the Great Indian Elections. India, a constitutional democracy with parliamentary system of Government has operational and technological expertise in the conduct of independent, free and fair elections. In a country of 1.3 billion people, with more than 800 million electors, elections are a mammoth exercise that swings the entire state machinery in to action.  The constitutional body, which does this massive exercise on a regular basis, taking care to bring the power to vote to all citizens, is called the Election Commission of India. Since its constitution six decades back, it supervises, directs and controls the elections to Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, State Assemblies, President and Vice President. The Election Commission is a three member body consisting of a Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners. Dr. S.Y. Quraishi, a renowned civil servant, is the former Chief Election Commissioner of India who had successfully conducted general elections to Lok Sabha in 2009 and to offices of President and Vice-President besides elections to a large number of states. He is also the author of several books including An Undocumented Wonder – The Making of the Great Indian Election. In this seminar, he will present the work of the Election Commission and discuss the most relevant topics of organizing elections in India.

Prof. Dr. Idesbald Goddeeris (KU Leuven)

Participation is free, but prior registration is required at (before 24 May 2016). We provide sandwiches


Thursday 26 May, 12-2pm
College van Premonstreit, 03.43
Naamsestraat 61, Leuven
(entrance via Charles Deberiotstraat: