Mumbai: Celebrating the 73rd & 74th Amendments to the Constitution of India, the State Election Commission is organising an International Conference on October 25 and 26 in Mumbai, on the theme of 'Better Elections for Healthier Democracy', the State Election Commissioner JS Saharia announced on Monday.

The State Election Commissioner addressed the press at the State Election Commission office in Maharashtra. Also present for the press conference was Secretary Shekhar Channe. The official Logo of International Conference 2018 was released at the hands of Saharia.

Saharia said that Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao will be making his remarks at the Inaugural Session of the conference on October 25 at 9:30 am. Rural Development, Women & Child Development Minister Pankaja Munde and Leader of Opposition of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Radhakrishna Wikhe-Patil will also be present for this session.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will make his presence for the Valedictory Session of the conference on October 26 at 2:30 pm. Finance & Planning and Forests departments Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and Leader of Opposition of the Maharashtra Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde will also be present for this session. The conference will be held at The Leela in Mumbai.

Saharia expressed that various issues regarding the election to local bodies will be discussed and deliberated on. There will be presence of representatives from various democratic countries and other Election Commissions from across the country. ‘Public Ownership of Democracy’, ‘How to Check Misuse of Money Power’, ‘Inclusiveness’, ‘How to Control Menace of Social Media, Fake News, etc.’ and ‘Role of Various Stakeholders’ are the five themes on which discussions will take place, he added.

While organising the conference, State Election Commission received support and cooperation from its Knowledge Partners: Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), Commonwealth Local Self Government Forum (CLGF), Gokhale Institution of Politics & Economics in Pune, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (Int. IDEA), University of Mumbai and Resource and Support Centre for Development (RSCD).

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