Sri Lanka, Indonesia sign MoU on election management: Reports

Sri Lankan poll officers (in photo) carry sealed ballot boxes out of a polling station. Photograph:( Getty )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 25, 2016, 07.02 AM (IST)

Sri Lanka's Election Commission has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the General Elections Commission (KPU) of Indonesia on cooperation in the management of elections, according to local media reports 

The signing ceremony was held on Wednesday during the Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum III in Bali, a report in The Jakarta Post said. 

According to the Jakarta Post, KPU chairman Juri Ardiantoro and Sri Lankan Election Commission chairman Mahinda Deshapriya signed the MoU "to promote democratic values through cooperation in information exchange and other issues in the field of electoral management."

The Jakarta Post quoted Juri saying that the MoU was the first step in electoral cooperation between both countries and Indonesia hopes this kind of coordination will strengthen democracy in the two Asian countries.

“We hope this agreement will be followed up with real action, in ways that will be determined later after the signing of the MoU,” Juri said.

Meanwhile, Mahinda hopes that with the MoU which is valid for five years, Sri Lanka will benefit from Indonesia’s experience in successfully implementing democracy.