Volunteer to remove Criminals and Cash from Indian Politics
I am very happy to post this appeal from ADR re. the forthcoming elections (courtesy Nitin).
We all dream of an India in which our politicians are honest, public-minded, and deliver effective governance and development to citizens. While we all want to contribute to this dream, we do not know how…
Now is your chance to act!
With six State Assembly Elections scheduled for Nov/ December 2008, the Association for Democratic Reform (http://www.adrindia.org/home/index.asp) desperately needs your support with their national Election Watch effort.
Among other things, this effort will involve:
1) Assembling information on contesting candidates (criminal records, assets/liabilities, educational qualifications),
2) Monitoring election expenses incurred by electoral candidates and political parties,
3) Disseminating all this information to the public to help them make an informed choice, using a variety of channels such as media, SMS campaigns, e-mailers, etc
Most importantly, ADR is in the process of setting up a toll-free helpline to enable people to get candidate data and related information easily. Interested citizens from any of the six states going to the polls will be able to call into the hotline.
So, do your bit for the country! Volunteer with ADR for 8-10 hours a day over November/ December 2008. While you will receive a small honorarium to cover travel etc, you will – more importantly – have the satisfaction of knowing that you have contributed to a nationally crucial cause.
To volunteer and/ or to find out more, please contact:
Tel: 91 11 6590 1524
Email: adr.delhi AT gmail.com; abairwal AT gmail.com
PS. A minimum commitment of 2 weeks is required.
An Update re. Section 49-O
49-O. Elector deciding not to vote
- If an elector, after his electoral roll number has been duly entered in the register of voters in Form-17A and has put his signature or thumb impression thereon as required under sub-rule (1) of rule 49L, decided not to record his vote, a remark to this effect shall be made against the said entry in Form 17A by the
presiding officer and the signature or thumb impression of the elector shall be obtained against such remark.
This is under the Conduct of Election Rules 1961
Pl. note that there is no record published of these votes. If a majority vote under 49(O), that does not mean the election is re-held.