India has offered its expertise to Yemen in election management and electoral roll preparations.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard was signed between the two nations during a visit by India’s Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) V.S. Sampath to Yemen.

He is currently on a visit to the country at the invitation of Judge Mohammed Hussain Al-Hakimi, President of the Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum (SCER) of Yemen.

According to a statement released by Embassy of India in Sanaa, the CEC held talks with President of the SCER and member Judges.

“India being the largest functional democracy in the world and, given India’s vast experience in the conduct of free and fair elections over a period of 6 decades, and also in putting to use successfully modern technologies in conduct of elections and declaration of election results, Yemen had sought India’s expertise and cooperation,” the statement said.

Mr. Sampath extended an invitation to SCER president to send a delegation to India to witness firsthand conduct of elections in April 2014.

CEC expressed readiness of Election Commission of India to support SCER in the electoral process based on experience gained in elections held for various bodies from Parliamentary to State Legislature Elections.

Mr. Sampath assured India’s assistance in the electoral process of Yemen as “India and Yemen have strong historical ties and are friendly nations.”

He also met President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi and discussed bilateral cooperation in the field of election management and cooperation between India and Yemen.