April 16, 2009 1:03:00 am
Under its initiative called National Election Watch (NEW),the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR),a non-government organisation,will release a detailed analysis of the affidavits filed by the 359 candidates contesting the Lok Sabha elections in Gujarat on April 25,four days before polling takes place in the state. The analysis will include the candidates criminal records as well as their assets. A comparison with the affidavits submitted in previous elections will also be a part of the agenda.
The new initiative was announced during a press interaction with Matadata Jagruti Abhiyaan (Voters Awareness Campaign) that has been started by a group of NGOs,with the objective of strengthening the NEW process in Gujarat. NEW is a nationwide campaign comprising of more than 1,200 NGOs and other citizen-led bodies working on electoral reforms and improving democracy and governance in India.
Anand Mazgaonkar,who is part of the awareness campaign,said: The aim is to take the NEW findings to the grassroots through its members and monitor implementation of the model code of conduct.
Harinesh Pandya of Mahiti Adhikar Gujart Pahel added: Our volunteers will be doing sample monitoring in certain constituencies on April 30. Various helplines will be established in Ahmedabad and Vadodara for this purpose.
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