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India Joins Observer Group

India has joined the Multinational Observer Group (MOG) as a co-lead nation, in preparation for the general election tomorrow. Sayan Chatterjee joins Australia’s Peter Reith and Indonesia’s Ambassador Wahid Supriyadi
16 Sep 2014 08:43

India has joined the Multinational Observer Group (MOG) as a co-lead nation, in preparation for the general election tomorrow.

Sayan Chatterjee joins Australia’s Peter Reith and Indonesia’s Ambassador Wahid Supriyadi as co-leads of the MOG.

Sayan Chatterjee

Sayan Chatterjee

Mr Chatterjee had worked in the Indian Administrative Service for over 35 years, in general administrative matters as well as in policy formulation, including election management.

He served from 1996 to 2003 as Deputy Election Commissioner in the Election Commission of India which is responsible for administering all electoral processes for elections to parliament and state legislatures in India, including elections to the office of President and Vice-President of India.

During his time as deputy election commissioner, Mr Chatterjee was involved in conducting two general elections to the Lok Sabha and numerous elections to States’ legislatures.

His specific duties included legal and judicial matters involving the Election Commission of India, electoral reforms, and election-related activities throughout India.

Mr Chatterjee also spearheaded India’s implementation of Electronic Voting from the initial stages to where it is now used in all states and general elections.

He also led the Indian delegation which formed part of the international group of observers in Cambodia in 1998, was part of the Indian team of experts which played an advisory role in Indonesia in 1997 and observed elections in Algeria.

Mr Chatterjee was part of a five-member Commonwealth team of experts drawn from Canada, Australia, Kiribati, Granada and India to recommend changes in electoral laws and practices in Papua New Guinea.

With his keen interest in Literature, Mr Chatterjee has written five books which have been favorably reviewed by eminent Indian writers such as Kushwant Singh.

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