Initiative for Electoral Reforms PDF  | Print |  E-mail
The wide-spread complaints on electoral practices and political corruption drew reaction from a number of organizations in the national capital, working in the field of voters’ education, good governance, human rights, electoral reforms and voters’ awareness.

At a joint meeting held at Gandhi Smriti on 27.01.2001 under the joint auspices of Indian Council of Gandhian Studies, Forum of Voters, Citizens for Human Rights, Lok Sevak Sangh, Parivartan and People’s First, several speakers voiced their concern at the wide range of disturbing trends in the electoral process. Instead of improvement, there is all-round deterioration and other dangerous tendencies visible that many speakers pointed our, unless corrected and resisted, will cut at the very roots of democracy in India.

Justice Rejinder Sachar pointed out the necessity for a national debate for incorporating negative votes along with other appropriate safeguards for citizens’ rights.

Sri. S. D. Sharma of Lok Sevak Sangh argued for filing a Public Interest Litigation on the denial of voting rights to 16 lacs people in Kerala and an inquiry by the Election Commission so that the guilty will not be spared.

Over 40 representatives of various institutions participated in the discussion, prominent among them are Dr. S. K. Sharma, Dr. A. K. Merchant, Prof. K. D. Gangrade, Ms. Sushila Bhan, Ms. Abha Yahadur, Sri. Upendra B. Vajpeyi, Prof. Biran De, Sri. M. Sheshadri, Dr. Yogesh Mehta, Sr. Abdul Mannan, Sri. S. P. Govil, K. C. Nahata.

A team led by Prof. N. Radhakrishnan led the Election Commission subsequently on 02.02.2001 and discussed with them to a work prepared by the ICGS on electoral reforms. 



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