CITIZENS' RESPONSIBILITIES AND THE FORTHCOMING ELECTIONS (19th Nov 2008)
THE FORTHCOMING ELECTIONS
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It is the right and the duty of every citizen above the age of 18 to exercise his/her vote.Here are some pointers which may be helpful :
I.THE ELECTORAL ROLL :
Øif you are above 18 years and a citizen of India, you must have your name on the Electoral Roll (ER).
Øit is a basic identity for an adult citizen of India
Øcheck immediately whether your name is on the ER (at your Taluka Office / Collector's Office / the local branch Office of a National political party).
Øfor inclusion of name on the ER, you will have to fill in Form No. 6.
Øaskthe concerned officer when you should return to confirm that your name is on the ER
Øto raise any objection or for deletion of one's name, you will have to fill inForm No. 7.
Øfor correction of entries in the Electoral Roll you will have to fill in Form No. 8.
Øplease feel free to write your complaints to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of your State and / or to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Delhi
Øalways retain copies of your application / letters signed by the receiving officer for further reference.
Øensure that you have the updated Elector's Photo Identity Card (EPIC).(At times, you may be required to provide your own Passport Photos in order to receive an EPIC).
Øhelp the poor, marginalized, underprivileged to have their names on the ER. this may be their only identity
II.POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT :
Øget involved in mainstream politics.
Øencourage / support political parties which focus on governance and on issues related to transparency, human rights, justice and peace and safeguarding the freedom of all citizens.
Øcheck outthe candidates, the parties wish to nominate for a particular seat.
Øorganize public debates / dialogues with them and assess their views / opinions / promises
Østudy their Election Manifesto of the previous elections and see whether the ruling party / sitting candidate has fulfilled the promises made.
Øassess their views on vulnerable groups like the tribals, dalits, children, women, minorities and also on critical subjects like water, education, food, security, shelter, environment, employment, health and globalization.
III.ON VOTING DAY :
Øcast your vote and do it early in the day !
Øencourage all others to cast their votes too.
Øvote for a party / individual that is not corrupt, criminal, casteistand / or communal
ØDO NOT vote for an individual who belongs / subscribes to a party whose ideology iscommunal / divisive and / or fascist.
Øyou also have the right to cast your vote for "NO CANDIDATE"
Øif you notice any bogus voting, rigging or booth capturing, bring it to the notice of the police / election officers immediately and preferably in writing.
IV.AFTER ELECTIONS :
Øfind out the details of your elected representative (name, address, telephone / fax nos., email, etc.)
Øarrange that organizations, villages / groups invite the person to share his / her views about the area for the next five years.
Øremember that they have budgetary allocations for their constituency; find out for what programmes the money will be / is being utilized.
Øinsist that your views / concerns are voiced in the Assembly / Parliament.
Øremind the representative that as a voter you have a right to recall, or to ask for his / her resignation.
Øwhile respecting the fact that s / he is elected , never provide unnecessary legitimacy if the person represents interests that are communal, corrupt, casteist and anti-Constitutional
V.REGARDING CONCERNS / COMPLAINTS / FURTHER INFORMATION :
Øany concern / complaint in the context of the Electoral Rolls must be sent in writing (registered post / courier) immediately to :The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of your State (eg. for Gujarat it is : Election Commission, General Administration Department,Block No. 7,II Floor,Sachivalaya, Gandhinagar 382 010
Øserious concerns like the disenfranchisement of a whole community / village must also be brought to the notice of : The Chief Election Commissioner of India, Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi110 001www.eci.gov.in