FEMBoSA in Delhi
Pakistan is likely to skip the 10th annual meeting of the Forum of the Election Management Bodies of South Asia (FEMBoSA) being organised by the Election Commission on 24 January 2020, senior poll panel functionaries said. They said though Pakistan is part of FEMBoSA, it is unlikely to attend the event where India will take over as Chair of the body for 2020. To mark the occasion, the EC has organised an international conference on the theme Strengthening Institutional Capacity'.
- FEMBoSA was established at the 3rd Conference of Heads of Election Management Bodies of SAARC countries in 2012.
- The last annual meeting of FEMBoSA was held in Dhaka in September 2018. Besides ECI, the other 7 members are EMBs from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
- Forum of Election Management Bodies of South Asia(FEMBoSA) is a regional establishment to increase mutual cooperation in respect to the common interests of the SAARC's EMBs.
- In 2010 for the first time Bangladesh Election Commission organized a regional meeting titled 'Meeting on Cooperation of Election Commissions in the South Asia Region', which was later called Forum of Election Management Bodies of South Asia(FEMBoSA) as an institutionalized form.
- After the meeting in 2012, the forum chartered was approved. In 2013, the logo of the designated forum prepared by Bangladesh Election Commission was accepted and the Rules of Procedure for Meetings of the FEMBoSA were approved.
- The Agenda of the annual meetings are aimed to hold discussions on important current topics relevant to election management and electoral process, giving special attention to the region and decisions being taken on the incoming chairperson of FEMBoSA and the hosting country of the next meeting.