List of Meetings & Events
COMELEC PHILIPPINES RETAINS CHAIRMANSHIP OF ASSOCIATION OF ASIAN ELECTION AUTHORITIES
"This meeting is a good indication of resilience and strength of democracies despite challenges that we are facing today. It is a great opportunity for us to share our experiences in our respective environments, challenges that we encountered, and more importantly, the policies that were put in place in order to meet and overcome those challenges." - Chairman Sheriff M. Abas of COMELEC Philippines and incumbent Chairman of AAEA said in his Welcome Remarks during the First Virtual Association of Asian Election Authorities (AAEA) Executive Board Meeting on October 1, 2020 hosted by the said country.
Said Virtual Executive Board Meeting was called pursuant to the AAEA Charter Article 3.7.1 which states that the Executive Board shall meet once a year and shall hold extraordinary meetings when convened by the Chairman; and Article 3.6.10 which states that the Executive Board shall act on matters which need to be addressed in the period between the meetings of the General Assembly.
COMELEC Philippines as the AAEA Chairman, Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation as the Vice-Chairman, Election Commission of India, Election Commission of Pakistan and the Central Election Commission of Taiwan as Executive Board Members attended the said Executive Board Meeting. The Central Commission of Kazakhstan and General Election Commission of Indonesia missed the meeting due to technical problem on the day of the meeting and lack of communication, respectively. Nevertheless, the attendance of five (5) out of seven (7) Executive Board Members constituted a quorum. Hence, the meeting proceeded.
Six (6) agenda were deliberated and resolved during the said Meeting. These were:
Currently, there are twenty countries which are members of the AAEA. Said association was conceived to promote and institutionalize open and transparent elections, independent and impartial election authorities, professionalization of Asian election authorities, citizen participation in the electoral and civic process, information sharing, and 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 programs among Asian election administrators and civic leaders (http://asianelectionauthorities.org/history.html).