The Association for Democratic Reforms, an NGO,has brought out a 'people's wish list' for the coming Karnataka assembly elections, asking political parties to contest around theseissues and not ones that they raise.
Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat will release the 'Karnataka Voter Survey-2018' along with theelection watch report of Gujarat and Himachal Pradeshpolls in 2017 tomorrow at the 14th annual nationalconference and a seminar on 'Electoral and political reforms'at IIM-Bengaluru.
Speaking to reporters,ADR founder member and trustee,Prof. Trilochan Sastry said a survey with a sample size of 3,000 people has been done in every constituency of the stateabout what people want from the government.
"The survey is not about who is going to gain or lose. We don't work on that. It is on what do the people of Karnataka want from the government -whether they want jobs, roads, water, education."
"People of Karnataka are asking for good cleandrinking water - not only in Bengaluru but everywhere," saidSastry.
He said that the ADR would insist that politicalparties contest elections on the issues people were askingfor and not on those that they were raising.
Sastry said that the ADR has created a text message platform where a person can get all details of theirMPs and MLAs by sending a text message MYNETA
As soon as theelection dates are declared and the candidates file their fresh affidavits, we will update the details afresh," he said. The NGO has also created an application 'electionwatch reporter', offering opportunities to voters to uploadpictures and videos of politicians indulging in corrupt andcriminal practices. The person's identity would be kept secret,he said. In this context, he referred to a recent video of a politician throwing petrol in an office and threatening to burn it, which went viral Maj. Gen. Anil Verma, who heads ADR, briefed reporters of various initiatives of ADR to clean up the electionprocesses by filing Public Interest Litigations againstparties withdrawing cases against themselves and flaws in the electoral bond system.
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